UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
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UN Chamber Music Society Concert in Celebration of International Nelson Mandela Day 2021

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Message by Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


UN Chamber Music Society Concert in Celebration of World Refugee Day 2021

20 June 2021

Music has a special place in every country, nation and society around the world. It moves and inspires us. It brings back old memories and helps us forge new ones.  Music can even help heal the invisible wounds of trauma and suffering.


It is therefore an especially important outlet for the more than 80 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes; their families; and their friends.


Whether musicians or audience members, music can help the displaced connect with their countries and places of origin, even while in exile, and equally build ties with their host communities in places where they have sought safety and refuge.


The power of music thus lies not just in the notes on a page, but in how it brings people together, something so needed in a world that is increasingly divided.



Today is World Refugee Day – the day when we celebrate refugees and their fortitude and renew our commitment to protect, assist and find solutions to their plight.  I can think of few ways to better symbolize our solidarity with them than through a musical tribute.


I am therefore deeply grateful that the United Nations Chamber Music Society has chosen to honour them again this year with this concert and hope to be able to celebrate with you again, in person, in the near future.


Thank you.

Message by Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications


UN Chamber Music Society Concert in Celebration of World Refugee Day 2021

20 June 2021


Dear colleagues and friends from around the world,


I am honored to greet you today for this special event in honor of World Refugee Day.


This is a cause very close to my heart. And today, through the power of music, I am delighted that we will have an opportunity today to celebrate refugees and to laud their resilience, strength and courage.


This year’s theme for World Refugees Day – “Together we heal, learn and shine” -- focuses on the power of inclusion. And the shared experience of the COVID-19 pandemic shows us that we will only succeed when we stand together and support each other.


The past year has been tough for each and every one of us. But it has been especially challenging for those who were already forced to flee from war, violence, persecution or natural disaster.


Many refugees have been disproportionately hurt by the pandemic. They are frequently excluded from social and economic safety nets, lack access to even basic health care, and are targets of stigmatization and xenophobia.


Yet millions of refugees also continue to be the unsung heroes of this crisis – essential workers who show up for work every day, volunteer in their new communities and give back wherever they can.


We know this has always been true. Given a chance, refugees contribute to stronger, safer and more vibrant communities and societies.


Today’s musical programme, Songs of Five Continents, reminds us that wherever we are in the world, we are connected as one human family.


It is especially notable that the beautiful repertoire is composed and performed by classically trained Syrian musicians.


I will conclude by expressing my appreciation to the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council for organizing this concert. Thank you.

Message by Duarte Pacheco, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union


UN Chamber Music Society Concert in Concert in Celebration of International Day of Parliamentarism
Empowering Youth in a Time of Pandemic

30 June 2021



Ladies and Gentlemen, the 30th of June 2021 marks my first International Day of Parliamentarism as the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. 


The theme this year, “Empowering Youth” is very dear to me as I was first elected as a Young Parliamentarian.  I know first-hand that parliaments are best when they are representative, when they include young people and their perspectives on issues. When parliaments are representative of the population, nations can have more inclusion, better policies and good laws, because they are listening to the full range of views.


All over the world, Covid 19 hit different parts of our society differently.  We need young people, young parliamentarians elected and empowered to bring the changes we need build better societies. 


As IPU President, I have taken the pledge – I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament!  I will encourage young people to run, I will mentor young people and I will learn from young people too.


I wish you well as we celebrate the International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June 2021.  Obrigado!


The Executive Council of the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council


President & Artistic Director:
Ms. Brenda Vongova

Honorary Artistic Adviser:
Mr. Christopher Tin, 2x Grammy Award winning composer

Ms. Anne-Chris Visser

Public Relations Adviser:
Mr. Firas Kayal

Special Adviser:
Mr. Mohammed Shaker

Ms. Ruxandra Ferascu

Ms. Yulya Vanetik

UNCMS Advisory Board

Professor Edward Bilous
Founding Director of Juilliard's Center for Innvoation in the Arts
Ms. Eileen Moon, Associate Principal Cello, New York Philharmonic

Professor Natasha Brofsky,
The Juilliard School 

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Painting by Adolph Menzel (1850 - 1852).  Frederick the Great plays flute in his summer palace Sanssouci, with Franz Benda playing violin, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach accompanying on keyboard, and unidentified string players.

Photo credit: Wikipedia / Google Cultural Institute

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