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Mellon backs orchestra on Europe tour

Fund management group Mellon is sponsoring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra&#39s European tour in a move aimed at raising its profile across Continental markets.

The group, which owns UK investment house Newton Investment Management, is backing the orchestra&#39s tour of nine European cities.

Performing under the direction of Mariss Jansons, the symphony will perform 16 concerts. Cities visited will include Madrid, Vienna, Amsterdam and London in April. On the second leg in August, the orchestra will perform in Lucerne, Salzburg and Ludwigsburg.

This week&#39s concert in Valencia, Spain at the Palau de la Musica marks the opening of the tour.

One of the highlights will include a stop-off at the BBC Proms with performances at the Royal Albert Hall on August 29-30.

Mellon will host a series of receptions and other private client events in each of the cities on the tour and has arranged for members of the orchestra to visit children at Guy&#39s and Great Ormond Street hospitals in London to organise a series of music workshops.

Mellon Europe chairman Jack Klinck says: “Our sponsorship of the Pittsburgh Symphony&#39s European tour is a perfect illustration of how the first principle of Mellon&#39s community affairs programme – sharing its success with the communities in which it does business – can also support important business objectives.

“By sponsoring the European tour, we are making it possible for music lovers in nine major European cities to hear one of America&#39s truly distinguished symphony orchestras.”

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