PORTLAND — The Portland Symphony Orchestra will work with the American Red Cross of Southern Maine to raise funds to support relief efforts for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The orchestra will open its rehearsal at 7 p.m. Monday to the public, and donations will be collected at the door. Donations also will be collected at the concert on Tuesday evening.

Donations will benefit the American Red Cross, which has raised more than $120 million to help Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The concert on Tuesday, “Seasons and the Sea,” opens with Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,” then showcases violinist Corine Brouwer in “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzola. Brouwer is joined by PSO concertmaster Charles Dimmick and principal second violinist Ben Russell for “Interplay for Three Violins” by composer Chris Brubeck.

The highlight of the concert is “La Mer,” the impressionist masterpiece by Debussy. Attendees at the dress rehearsal are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m. For tickets to Tuesday’s concert, call 842-0800 or visit PortTIX.com.


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