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

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
PERFORMANCE DURING THE HIGH-LEVEL COMMEMORATION OF THE

UN International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism


 

Presented by
UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) / UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)

and the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism


 

Friday, 20 August 2021
9:00am – 11:00am EST (New York)

 


Watch the COMMEMORATION at the united nations

UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/
 

 

On Friday, 20 August 2021 at 9:00 am EST, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will perform during the fourth commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.  On the International Day, established by General Assembly resolution 72/165, Member States, United Nations entities and civil society organizations will be invited to honour, remember and pay tribute to the victims of terrorism – by standing in solidarity and promoting and protecting their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

 

Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.

 

 

 

PROGRAMME
 

Keynote Address
 

H.E. Mr. António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

 

Opening Messages

 

Mr. Vladimir Voronkov
Under-Secretary-GeneralforCounter-Terrorism, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)

 

H.E. Mr. Agustín Santos Maraver
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN and co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism

H.E. Mr. Ghulam M. Isaczi
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism


 

Musical Interludes

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director



WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 - 1791) Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622, II. Adagio
Graeme Steele Johnson (Clarinet Solo), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Marta Lambert (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Eva Ding (Flute), Cornelia Sommer (Bassoon), Ben Goldscheider (Horn), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


CHARLES GOUNOD (1818 – 1893) Ave Maria (Originally published as “Méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach”)
Derek Louie (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Production of Mozart:

Jose Gomez, Film Director
Paul Darling, Sound Engineer 
Pepe Vargas, Creative Director
Alberto Garcia, Producer
Clara Rosado, Production Assistant


Production of Gounod:
Derek Louie, Co-Founder of the UN Chamber Music Society Cello Choir
Dylan Louie, Video Production
Ehren L. Valmé, Audio Recording

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
VIRTUAL CONCERT IN CELEBRATION OF

NELSON MANDELA
INTERNATIONAL DAY


VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS
Sunday, 18 July 2021
9:00am EST (New York Time) / 3:00pm
SAST (South Africa)
UN Global YouTube:
 https://youtu.be/mRR7WXjPjxU
UN WebTV: https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1i/k1i423w25a

UN WebTV Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/2910945392492295


 

It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man's freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.’’

~Nelson Mandela 

 

On Sunday, 18 July 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day.  The music repertoire of the concert will honour the African heritage, by featuring compositions by extraordinary black composers who changed the course of classical and pop music history - including multi-Grammy award winning composer Billy Childs, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Walker.  The concert will also feature special performances by Julian Marley, Sara Marley – who will sing repertoire by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Addis Pablo, Vusi Nova, Onesimus, as well singer Nonie Mtirara (Mandela’s Niece) – who will sing an excerpt from Madiba the African Opera. 
 

In recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom, Nelson Mandela International Day recognizes his values and dedication to the service of humanity in the struggle for democracy internationally, and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music. 


MESSAGE
H.E. Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General


OPENING REMARKS

 

Ndaba Mandela
Founder & Chairman of Mandela Institute for Humanity

H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations


UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 


 

Featuring Artists

Julian Marley (Singer) ● Sara Marley (Singer) ● Lauryn Hill ● Vusi Nova  ● Onesimus

Addis Pablo (Melodica) ● Nonie Mtirara, Niece of Nelson Mandela (Opera Singer)

Billy Childs (Multi-Grammy award winning Composer) ● George Walker (Pulitzer Prize winning Composer) ● Gregory Walker (Composer)
 


MUSIC PROGRAMME

I. Popular Music

 Lauryn Hill (1975 - ) “Tell Him” (arr. Reuben Allen for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Sara Marley (Singer)
Brenda Vongova (Piano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Bethlehem Hadgu (Viola), Jonah Krolik (Cello), James Quinlan (Bass), Jay Sawyer (Percussion)

 

Sara Marley performs “Tell Him” written by Ms. Lauryn Hill

Recorded by: Julian Miller, Ms. Lauryn Hill

Edited by: Julian Miller, Eli Heisler, Ms. Lauryn Hill

Additional Mixing by: Julian Miller 

Background Vocals by: Natalie Imani



JULIAN MARLEY (1975 - ) Straighter Roads
Julian Marley (Singer)



ADDIS PABLO (1989 - ) Road to Addis (arr. A Bu for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Addis Pablo (Melodica)
Brenda Vongova (Piano), Abigail Hong (Violin), James Kang (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello)

 

II. Classical Music

GREGORY WALKER (1961 - ) "Like This" for String Quartet
Johnna Wu
(Violin I), Naoko Nakajima (Violin II), Noémie Chemali (Viola), Jonah Krolik (Cello)

 

BILLY CHILDS (1957 - ) Incident on Larpenteur Avenue
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)



GEORGE WALKER (1922 - 2018) Cello Sonata, III. Allegro
Derek Louie (Cello), Tengku Irfan (Piano)



SIBUSISO NJEZA (1982 - ) "Umyolelo" ("The Instruction") aria from Madiba the African Opera (arr. Edward Bilous)
Nonie Mtirara (Soprano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Audrey Emata (Flute), Sam Boutris (Clarinet)

 


III. South Africa

Sinethemba Mapekula (1990 - )  Ekhaye (“At home”)  (arr. Bongani Mahlaole for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Onesimus (Singer)
Brenda Vongova (Piano), Johnna Wu (Violin),
Noémie Chemali (Viola), Jonah Krolik (Cello)
 


VUSI NOVA (1984 - ) Ndikuthandile (“I’m in love with you”) (arr. Hannah Ishizaki for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Vusi Nova (Singer)
Brenda Vongova (Piano), Johnna Wu (Violin),
Noémie Chemali (Viola), Jonah Krolik (Cello)
 


 

SPECIAL THANKS
 

UN Department of Global Communications

Ndaba Mandela

 

Ms. Lauryn Hill
Julian Miller
Eli Heisler


Sony Music

Julian Marley

Reggie Kerr

Addis Pablo


Lance Stehr
Bongani Mahlaole
Sipho Nyathela
Robbin Walsh
Delphine Klassen

Artwork of Poster:
Robert Marley


Video Production of UNCMS recording of “Road to Addis” and George Walker’s Cello Sonata
Dylan Louie, Director of Photography

Klavierhaus
Sujatri Reisinger


Video Editing
Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor
 

Audio Production
VIRTUA CREATIVE
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer

Keren Plowden, Production Coordinator 
Greg Kalember, Editor and Mix Engineer

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Virtual Concert in Celebration OF
International Day of Parliamentarism


Empowering Youth IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC

 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH:
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
9:00am EST (New York time)

 

Watch the performance: United Nations
UN Global YouTube: https://youtu.be/dz-fw2n8_t0
UN WebTV: https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1p/k1pv725lpo

 

In celebration of International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) – in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - will perform a concert in celebration and recognition of the role of parliaments in national plans in empowering youth who have been coping during the pandemic – ensuring access to education, addressing reduced employment prospects, social isolation, and the surge in mental health issues.

 

The concert will be launched on the UN platforms, and shared by the Member Parliaments, along with the other debates and discussions of the parliament held on the International Day of Parliamentarism.  Established in 30 June 1889, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the world organization of parliaments, connects national parliaments in order to promote greater transparency, accountability and participation at the global level. Along with other parliamentary organizations, IPU engages with the United Nations on activities that cover a broad range of issues, including peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

The concert will feature musical works that represent an artistic tapestry of human experience, to provoke empathy and create a more interconnected world.  The music programme with open with 'Flocks a Mile Wide', composed by 2x Grammy Award winning composer, Christopher Tin.  Founded in 2016 by Brenda Vongova, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music. 

 

 

PROGRAMME

Opening Messages
 

Duarte Pacheco 
President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union


Martin Chungong
Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

 

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

 

Music Programme
 

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) 'Flocks a Mile Wide'
Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Rohan Mundiya (Violin II), Abigail Elder (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Kohei Yamaguchi (Bass), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Tom Betsalel (Percussion)

DAVID POPPER (1843 - 1913) Requiem, Op.66 (arr. for 6 cellos)
Derek Louie (Cello)

 

JOHANN PACHELBEL (1653 - 1706) Canon in D Major
Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Naoko Nakajima (Violin II), Noémi Chemali (Viola), Noah Koh (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)
 

DARREN HUANG (1997 - ) Threnody for the Victims of COVID-19
Derek Louie (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


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SPECIAL THANKS

UN Department of Global Communications

Ms. Patricia Ann Torsney,
Permanent Observer for the Inter-Parliamentary Union to the United Nations

Sven Spengemann, MP



VERY SPECIAL THANKS
 

KlavierHaus
Sujatri Reisinger

Joel Sheakoski, Video Editor


Production of Threnody
Dylan Louie, Video Production

Audio Production
VIRTUA CREATIVE
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer
Anran Qian, Music Editor 
Keren Plowden, Production Coordinator 
Greg Kalember, Mix Engineer


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For more information:
https://www.ipu.org/event/empowering-youth-in-time-pandemic-un-chamber-music-society-virtual-concert

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

virtual concert in celebration of

World Refugee Day
 

 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH:
Sunday, 20 June 2021
9:00am EST (New York Time)
4:00pm EEST (Amman, Jordan Time)


 

Watch the performance: United Nations
UN Global YouTube: https://youtu.be/0-dugHVKHcQ
UN WebTV: https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1e/k1eyribc6r
UNHCR YouTube: https://youtu.be/zrWzgRxdXS8

 

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on Sunday, 20 June 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), will hold a virtual concert, which will also be broadcasted in Jordan, home to hundreds of thousands refugees.  Refugees and other displaced populations belong to the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society. They are particularly at risk during the time of the coronavirus disease outbreak, because they often have limited access to water, sanitation systems and health facilities.
 

Music symbolizes love and peace, and holds the power to highlight the plight of the refugees.  In celebration of World Refugee Day, and in honour of the refugees all around the world, the music programme will open with music featuring Jordanian Singer, Leen Alfaqih; as well as the world premiere of the Songs of Five Continents for the UN Chamber Music Society, composed by Yuko Uébayashi, as well as beautiful repertoire composed and performed by classically trained Syrian musicians.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music. 
 


Message

H.E. Mr. António Guterres
UN Secretary-General


Remarks
 

Filippo Grandi
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Melissa Fleming
UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

 


UN Chamber Music Society

of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


Featuring Syrian MUSICIANS and SPECIAL GUEST Artists

Leen Alfaqih (Jordanian Singer)
Carol Wincenc (Flutist) ●  Yuko Uébayashi (Composer)



PROGRAMME

I. Opening


“Hadi Ya Bahr”

Leen Alfaqih (Jordanian Singer)
Brenda Vongova (Piano), Abigail Hong (Violin), James Kang (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello)

 


II. Hope for Refugees


Basilius Alawad (1994 - ) From a Refugee’s Memory (World premiere)
Basilius Alawad (Cello)


 

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873 - 1943) 2 Pieces, TN ii/22: No. 2 Romance in A Major
Amin Helou (Piano); Angela Boutros (Piano); Brenda Vongova (Piano)



III. Songs of Five Continents

YUKO UÉBAYASHI (1958 -)  Songs of Five Continents for the UN Chamber Music Society (World Premiere)
Professor Carol Wincenc (Flute Solo)

Naoko Nakajima (Violin I), Hana Mundiya (Violin II), Noémie Chemali (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Logan May (Bass), Sooh Jeon (Flute), Lucian Avalon (Oboe), Chai Lee (Harp), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


 


SPECIAL THANKS

 

UN Department of Global Communications

UN Refugee Agency

 

UNHCR Jordan

UNHCR New York Office

 

 

Artwork of Poster:
 Nabil Jubouri, Iraqi refugee artist in Amman
 

 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS


KlavierHaus
Sujatri Reisinger
 

Video Production of “Hadi Ya Bahr”
Dylan Louie, Director of Photography

Audio Production
VIRTUA CREATIVE
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer
Anran Qian, Music Editor 
Keren Plowden, Production Coordinator 

Greg Kalember, Mix Engineer


Video Editing
Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor

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Support the UN Refugees Agency by donating to

https://donate.unhcr.org/

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Virtual Concert in Celebration of RUSSIAN Language Day

 


VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS
Sunday, 6 June 2021
9:00am EST (New York Time)


 

Watch the performance: United Nations
UN Global YouTube:

https://youtu.be/lLAoh9BX5tE
UN WebTV:
http://webtv.un.org/news-features/watch/un-chamber-music-society-in-celebration-of-russian-language-day/6257385415001
UN WebTV Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/videos/477268096702200


 

On Sunday, 6 June 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert in celebration of UN Russian Language Day, which will celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity, particularly through Russian language and music.   Russian Language Day is commemorated annually on June 6th, on the birthday of the great Russian poet A.S. Pushkin, within the framework of the program to support and develop multilingualism.


The concert will open with remarks by H.E. Mr. Vassily A. Nebenzia, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, and will feature performances by special guest artists of the Moscow Art Theatre: Vassiy, Anjelika & Anastasia Nemirovich-Danchenko.

Language Days at the United Nations were introduced to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and promote the equal use of the six official languages ​​across the Organization. These days are also an opportunity to sensitize the United Nations community to the history, culture and use of each of these languages.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music. 

 


 

OPENING MESSAGES

H.E. Mr. Vassily A. Nebenzia
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

Special Guest Artists
from the Moscow Art Theatre

Vassiy, Anjelika & Anastasia Nemirovich-Danchenko


 


MUSIC PROGRAMME

I. Russian Soul

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873 - 1943) 6 Morceaux, Op.11: 1. Barcarolle
Anastasia Nemirovich-Danchenko (Piano), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873 - 1943) 6 Morceaux, Op.11: 4.
Valse
Vassiy Nemirovich-Danchenko (Piano), Anjelika Nemirovich-Danchenko (Piano)



II. Passion

ANTON ARENSKY (1861 - 1906) Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32: IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo
Abigail Hong (Violin), Derek Louie (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN (1937 - 2020)  Sinfonietta Op.49, II. Slow Waltz
A Bu (Piano), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873 - 1943) Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 5 in E-Flat minor
Anastasia Nemirovich-Danchenko (Piano)


III. Grief

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) - Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op. 67: III. Largo
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Noah Koh (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)



ALEXANDER SCRIABIN (1872 - 1915) Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.2
Brenda Vongova (Piano)


IV. Drama

 

VADIM PETROV (1932 - 2020) Ruské evangelium (arr. for the UN Chamber Music Society)

Naoko Nakajima (Violin Solo), Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Angela Wee (Violin II), Jeremy Kienbaum (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 - 1893) The Nutcracker, Op.71: Act 2, No. 14. Pas de deux
Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Naoko Nakajima (Violin II), Noémi Chemali (Viola), Noah Koh (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)



SPECIAL THANKS

UN Department of Global Communications

André Schmidt

Niko Art Gallery / Moscow

High Line Nine
Christina Maxwell, Manager
Artist Kyle Meyer, represented by Yossi Milo Gallery

 

 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

KlavierHaus
Sujatri Reisinger


Video Production of Arensky
Dylan Louie, Director of Photography


Audio Production
Mickey Alexander, Audio Engineer

Video Editing
Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor

UN Chamber Music Society
virtual performance during the
High-Level Thematic Debate in Support of SDG14: Life Below Water


 

Hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly

General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters, New York

 

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m


 

Watch the PERFORMANCE
AT THE UNITED NATIONS
UN Web TV:
 http://webtv.un.org/search/un-chamber-music-society-closing-performance-of-the-high-level-debate-on-oceans/6257073888001/?term=“chamber%20music%20society”&sort=date
UN YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cPkkRGi5k&list=PLwoDFQJEq_0YzI1o-aJq59IwsLwXctYW4&index=2

 

 

On 1 June 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council will perform during the closing of the High-Level UN Oceans Event, hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly.  The ocean, climate change, and biodiversity nexus and finding solutions to the triple planetary crisis are key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Taking a cohesive approach to COVID-19 responses and accelerating action towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is critical.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed and even reversed progress on some SDGs, and a green recovery is key to addressing this slow down. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of SDG 14 by the 2030 deadline seems even more daunting. Given the widespread health and economic impacts of the pandemic, and the urgent need for relief measures, some difficult tradeoffs will be made and governments’ priorities will be re-evaluated; however, it is crucial that any interim measures implemented are done in a way that will not exacerbate the existing challenges—both socioeconomic and environmental—facing the ocean and coastal communities.

 

During the High-Level UN Oceans Event, the UN Chamber Music Society will perform the universally popular Handel’s Water Music – inspired by the lungs of our planet, symbolizing hope and perseverance in the face of the urgent need to address our environmental issues.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society carries out the United Nations’ mission of peace, understanding and cooperation, through the universal language of music. 

 

 

CLOSING Music Programme

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Water Music, Suite No.1, IV. Air
Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Naoko Nakajima (Violin II), Noémi Chemali (Viola), Noah Koh (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)
 

 

SPECIAL THANKS
 

KlavierHaus
Sujatri Reisinger

Video Editing
Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor

Audio Production
VIRTUA CREATIVE
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer

UN Chamber Music Society
Virtual Performance at the High-level Event on Culture and Sustainable DevelopmenT


Convened by H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the Seventy-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Friday, 21 May 2021
10:00am to 18:00pm EST
 


Watch the EVENT: United Nations

UN Global YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTRRrXFW2m8
UN WebTV: http://webtv.un.org/
UN WebTV Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/4407131452632371


 

On 21 May 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council will perform at the opening and closing of the High-Level Event on Culture and Sustainable Development, convened by H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the Seventy-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

In accordance with the General Assembly Resolution 74/230, the President of the General Assembly will convene a one-day high-level event on Culture and Sustainable Development in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This event, which will be held on Friday 21 May 2021, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, will highlight the resilient and transformative role of culture as an accelerator of SDG implementation, as well as the challenges within the cultural and creative industries and the broader cultural ecosystem that were exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.
 

Its overall theme shall be “Building back better: towards a more resilient and impactful culture sector throughout COVID-19 and The Decade of Action”. It will, inter alia, provide the opportunity for Member States to share experiences on crisis-response measures to support the creative economy during the pandemic; identify implementation gaps and solutions; and call for strengthening strategic cross-sectoral partnerships to unlock the transformative potential of culture in the recovery context and throughout the Decade of Action.
 

https://www.un.org/pga/75/culture-and-sustainable-development/
 


Music Programme

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

Opening
GARRY SCHYMAN (1954 - ) "Praan" [Lyrics adapted from the poem "Stream of Life" from Gitanjali by RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861 - 1941)] (arr. Edward Bilous)
Mai Fujisawa (Singer), Little Carol Choir, Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

Closing

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (arr. for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly
Mohammed Shaker

 

Audio Production
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer of VIRTUA CREATIVE

UN Chamber Music Society
Virtual Performance at the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Former International Civil Servants (AFICS) / New York


Tuesday, 4 May 2021
1:00pm EST 

Watch the EVENT on: UNITED NATIONS
UN Web TV

http://webtv.un.org/watch/AFICS_50th_Anniv/6252553764001
 

On 4 May 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council will perform during the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Former International Civil Servants, which works to protect the interests of retiring and retired United Nations staff and their families.

 

Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.  All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

MESSAGES

 

H.E. Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General


H.E. Mr. Volken Bozkir, President of the General Assembly


 

STATEMENTS

 

John Dietz, President of AFICS/NY

 

Deborah Landey, First Vice-President of AFICS/NY

 

Patricia Nemeth, President of the United Nations Staff Union

 

John Lewis, President/CEO, United Nations Federal Credit Union

 

Penny Abeywardena, New York City Commissioner for International Affairs



Music Programme

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

JOSEPH BOLOGNE CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES (1745-1799) Quartet in g minor, I. Allegro
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Rebecca Bai, Video Editor

Edward Bilous, Music Producer
Greg Kalember, Music Editor
Anran Qian, Music Editor
Virtua Music, Audio Production

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Virtual Concert in Celebration oF THE

ENGLISH & SPANISH Language DayS AT THE UNITED NATIONS

Launch:
Friday, 23 April 2021
11:00am EST (New York time)


 

Watch the performance: United Nations
UN WebTV: http://webtv.un.org/ http://webtv.un.org/news-features/watch/Concert-in-Celebration-of-the-English-Spanish-Language-Days/6249566957001

UN Global YouTube: https://youtu.be/kWoy5p8pLmc
UN WebTV Facebook:: https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/videos/297564578472059

 

 

On Friday, 23 April 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert in celebration of the English and Spanish Language Days at the United Nations, which will celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity, particularly through English and Spanish language and music.  This day raises awareness among the UN Organization's staff, and the world in general, about the history, culture and use of English and Spanish as an official language.  The choice of the day attends the anniversary of the death of the great genius of Spanish letters, Miguel de Cervantes. Coincidentally, the date of his death coincides with that of the most prestigious English playwright, William Shakespeare. Hence, both languages ​​share the day.

Language Days at the United Nations were introduced to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and promote the equal use of the six official languages
​​across the Organization. These days are also an opportunity to sensitize the United Nations community to the history, culture and use of each of these languages. On occasion English and Spanish Language Days at the United Nations, the UNCMS will feature Shakespeare sonnets about love and human solidarity, integrated with Spanish classical music.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.

 

 

OPENING MESSAGES

H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


Special Guest
Alex Pettyfer (Actor)


PROGRAMME


Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)  Sonnet 29
Alex Pettyfer (Actor)


MANUEL DE FALLA (1876 - 1946) Asturiana
Sara Ferrández (Viola), Juan Pérez Floristán (Piano)

Francisco Tárrega
(1852-1909) “Capricho árabe”
Petrit Çeku (Guitar)

Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)  Sonnet 15
Paulina Cossio
(Actress)

MANUEL DE FALLA (1876 - 1946) Danza ritual del fuego ("Ritual Fire Dance")
Naoko Nakajima (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


ISAAC ALBÉNIZ (1860 - 1909) Suite Española No.1, Op.47, V. Asturias
Naoko Nakajima (Violin), Derek Louie (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)  Sonnet 23
Hilary Dennis (Actress)



 

SPECIAL THANKS
 

UN Department of Global Communications

Mohammed Shaker

Toni Garrn

 

Thomas Lane

Tom Todoroff Studio
Emily Moulton

Artwork of Poster: 
Folklorico de Guerrero by Nicolas V. Sanchez


 

 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

 

Artist Tricia Paoluccio, Modern Pressed Flower
Venue: High Line Nine - Christina Maxwell, Manager


KlavierHaus
Sujatri Reisinger
Joseph Patrych, Audio Recording

 

Video Editing
Jane Larson, Video Editor


Audio Production
(
“Capricho árabe” & “Danza ritual del fuego”)
VIRTUA CREATIVE
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer
Greg Kalember, Mix Engineer

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Virtual Concert in Celebration of

CHINESE Language Day

 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS

Tuesday, 20 April 2021
9:00am EST (New York Time)


Watch the performance: United Nations
UN YouTube EN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBkJD3fJxNc

UN YouTube CH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBkJD3fJxNc

UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/watch/un-chamber-music-society-concert-in-celebration-of-chinese-language-day/6249384223001
UN Web TV Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/videos/1147365362390488/



On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert in celebration of UN Chinese Language Day, which will celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity, particularly through Chinese language and music.  Chinese Language Day has been set as the "Gu Yu" of the twenty-four solar terms of the lunar calendar, to commemorate the contribution of Cangjie, the "ancestor of Chinese characters".  Over the years, the UN Chinese Language Day has become a window for people to understand Chinese culture. 

 

As music is a universal language, the concert’s all-Chinese music programme symbolizes the spiritual connection between music and the Chinese language, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world – and will provide a window for people to understand the richness of the Chinese culture and way life.  The ancient text of the “Tao Te Ching” states that the Tao is the eternal, changeless spirit that runs through all life and matter.  It further says that the task of life is to bring ourselves into attunement with the Tao, so that we are always moving in harmony with the universe, and not in dissonance against it.  The music programme will help provide inspiration to the beauty of Chinese Taoism, which treasures 3 things in human beings: compassion, economy, and humility.  

 

Language Days at the United Nations were introduced to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and promote the equal use of the six official languages ​​across the Organization. These days are also an opportunity to sensitize the United Nations community to the history, culture and use of each of these languages.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music. 


 

OPENING MESSAGES

H.E. Mr. Zhang Jun
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations

Lang Lang
Pianist and UN Messenger of Peace

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

Featuring World-Renowned Chinese Composers
Zhou Long (Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer) ● Christopher Tin (2x Grammy Award Winning Composer)




MUSIC PROGRAMME

 

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) "Dao Zai Fan Ye" from Calling All Dawns
(arr. Gabriel Majou for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Eva Ding (Flute), Audrey Emata (Flute), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Ehren L. Valmé (Trombone)


A BU (1999 - ) Confessions for Cello and Piano, Op. 2, I. Introduction
Derek Louie (Cello), A Bu (Piano)


CHEN YI (1953 - ) The Fisherman's Song
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Anran Qian (Piano)


JENNY YAO (2000 - ) Apart, together
Brenda Vongova (Piano)


 

ZHOU LONG (1953 - ) 3 Chinese Folk Songs:
I. Lan Hua Hua (Shaanbei), II. Driving the Mule Team (Shaanxi), III. The Flowing Stream (Yunnan)

Hana Mundiya (Violin), Naoko Nakajima (Violin), Yuchen Lu (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello)

 

SPECIAL THANKS

UN Department of Global Communications


CAMI Music
Jean-Jacques Cesbron, President
Megan Guo

Emma Ge Yu

Production of CHRISTOPHER TIN "Dao Zai Fan Ye"
VIRTUA CREATIVE



VERY SPECIAL THANKS


Klavierhaus
Sujatri Reisinger
Joseph Patrych, Audio Recording

Mickey Alexander, Audio Engineer

Rebecca Bai, Video Editor

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Virtual FRENCH Concert

in celebration of the International Day of la Francophonie and French Language Day at the United Nations


VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS
Saturday, 20 March 2021
9:00am EST (New York Time)


Watch the performance: United Nations
UN Global YouTube: https://youtu.be/8hYqmh8cctY
UN WebTV: http://webtv.un.org/news-features/watch/Music-Society-Concert-in-Celebration-of-French-Language-Day/6241627821001
UN WebTV Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/4215333975145454
 

 

On Saturday, 20 March 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert in partnership with the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).  The concert will take place on French Language Day, and will also honor the month of Francophonie – by celebrating the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity, particularly through French language and music.

 

Language Days at the United Nations were introduced to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and promote the equal use of the six official languages ​​across the Organization. These days are also an opportunity to sensitize the United Nations community to the history, culture and use of each of these languages.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music. 


 

OPENING MESSAGES

H.E. Mr. Nicolas de Rivière
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Léon Kacou Adom
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire to the United Nations, Chairman of the Group of Francophone Ambassadors

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

MUSIC PROGRAMME

I. Baroque Period

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818 – 1893) Ave Maria (Originally published as “Méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach”)
Derek Louie (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


II. Classical Period

JOSEPH BOLOGNE CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES (1745-1799) Sonata 2, Andantino
Eva Ding (Flute), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


III. Romantic Period


GABRIEL FAURE  1845 - 1924)  Pavane (arr. for four cellos)
UNCMS Cello Choir : Drake Driscoll, Khari Joyner, Derek Louie, Noah Koh



IV. Early 20th century Modern Period

MEL BONIS (1858 - 1937) Sonata for Piano and Cello in F major, Op. 67, II. Très lent
Velléda Miragias (Associate Principal Cellist, Boston Philharmonic), Giovanna Confalone (Piano)

 


V. Late 20th century Popular

GABRIEL MAJOU (1992 - ) Le Spectre de la Rose, a contemporary setting of Théophile Gautier's poem
Camille Brault (Mezzo Soprano), Mathilde Giroux (Piano), Julie Hardelin (Violin), Esther-Helena Richard (Cello)



SPECIAL THANKS

UN Department of Global Communications

 

Production of Gounod & Fauré:

Derek Louie, Co-Founder of the UN Chamber Music Society Cello Choir
Dylan Louie, Video Production
Ehren L. Valmé, Audio Recording


High Line Nine
Christina Maxwell, Manager
Artist Kyle Meyer, represented by Yossi Milo Gallery


 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Virtual Concert in Celebration OF

International Women’s Day

Featuring FEMALE COMPOSERS


 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS
Monday, 8 March 2021
7pm Eastern Standard Time (New York)



Watch the performance: United Nations

UN YouTube: https://youtu.be/FXJJUtWe5TU
UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/news-features/watch/UN-Chamber-Music-Society-Concert/6237455741001

UN Web TV Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/4177069445638574


 

In celebration of International Women's Day on 8 March 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), will perform a concert - to pay special tribute to the women who have helped to shape classical music history, and whose voices have been marginalized and silenced.


The music programme will feature musical works that represent an artistic tapestry of human experience, to provoke empathy and create a more compassionate world, in hopes of building bridges of cultural understanding and gender equality.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ goals and values at large - through the universal language of music. 


 

PROGRAMME

Message

H.E. Mr. António Guterres
UN Secretary-General


 

UN Chamber Music Society

of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


 

Special Guest Female Artists
Jia Kim (Cellist) ● Jessica Meyer (Violist & Composer) ● Velléda Miragias (Boston Philharmonic Associate Principal Cellist) ● Carol Rodland (Violist) ● Yuko Uébayashi  (Composer) ●  Meira Warshauer (Composer) ● Carol Wincenc (Flutist) 

 


Music Programme

YUKO UÉBAYASHI (1958 -)  "Vers la Lumière" ("Towards the Light") from Misericordia
Carol Wincenc (Flute Solo), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


 

JESSICA MEYER (1974 - ) A Fire to be Kindled (New York Premiere)

Jessica Meyer and Members of the Rodland Viola Studio:
Carolyn Farnand, Jane Larson, Noemie Chemali, Bethlehem Hadgu, Cameren Anai Williams, Bowie Ma, Carol Rodland


 

MEIRA WARSHAUER (1949 - ) In Memoriam
Velléda Miragias (Associate Principal Cellist, Boston Philharmonic)


 

FANNY HENSEL MENDELSSOHN (1805 - 1847)  Piano Quartet in A-Flat Major: I. Allegro moderato (excerpt)
Angela Wee (Violin), Carolyn Farnand (Viola), Jia Kim (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

UN Department of Global Communications

Mohammed Shaker

Artwork of Poster by Alphonse Mucha
Mucha Foundation
Marcus Mucha


Recording YUKO UÉBAYASHI - "Vers la Lumière

Broadway Presbyterian Church - Reverend Chris Shelton

Recording of Jessica Meyer
A Fire to be Kindled
Jane Larson, Video Editor

Recording of
MEIRA WARSHAUER - In Memoriam
© Kol Meira Publications 2001
Rivers School Conservatory, Bradley Hall, Weston, Massachusetts, USA
AURI Productions
Ariel Wyner, Video and Audio Production
Micah Nicol, Audio Engineering


FANNY HENSEL MENDELSSOHN - Piano Quartet in A-Flat Major: I. Allegro moderato
Broadway Presbyterian Church - Reverend Chris Shelton
Dylan Louie, Video Production

 


VERY SPECIAL THANKS

 

Video Editing

Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor

 

Audio Production

VIRTUA CREATIVE
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer
Anran Qian, Production Coordinator 

Greg Kalember, Mix Engineer

Presented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 UN Chamber Music Society
Virtual Performance at the Observance of

World Wildlife Day 2021
“Forests and livelihoods: sustaining people and planet”

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

8:00am – 11:00am EST


Watch the PERFORMANCE
World Wildlife Day YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPyKpZD35Yc
 UN Chamber Music Society YouTube: https://youtu.be/KG6io0LYpZ8


 

On 3 March 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council will perform during the celebration of World Wildlife Day 2021, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme.  The focus of this year's World Wildlife Day is "Forests and livelihoods: sustaining people and planet", which sheds light on the links between the state of our planet’s forests and woodlands and the preservation of the millions of livelihoods that depend directly on them, with a particular attention to the traditional knowledge of the communities who have managed forest ecosystems and its wildlife for centuries.

In celebration of World Wildlife Day, the UN Chamber Music Society will perform a programme inspired by wildlife - 'Flocks a Mile Wide' – composed by 2x Grammy award winning composer, Christopher Tin.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society carries out the United Nations’ mission of peace, understanding and cooperation, through the universal language of music.  All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
 

MESSAGES

H. E. Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

Ms. Ivonne Higuero, CITES Secretary-General

H.E. Mr. Federico Tenorio Calderón, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru

Ms. Fawn Sharp, President, Quinault Indian Nation and President, National Congress of American Indians

Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity 



UN Chamber Music Society

of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director



Music Programme

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) 'Flocks a Mile Wide'
Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Rohan Mundiya (Violin II), Abigail Elder (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Kohei Yamaguchi (Bass), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Tom Betsalel (Percussion)

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Video Editing

Daniel Drake, Video Editor

 

Audio Production
VIRTUA CREATIVE
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer
Anran Qian, Production Coordinator 
Greg Kalember, Mix Engineer

Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations

UN Chamber Music Society
Virtual Performance at the Observance of INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY



Monday, 22 February 2021
12:00pm to 1:30pm EST 

Watch the EVENT on: UNITED NATIONS
UN Web TV

http://webtv.un.org/watch/observance-of-the-international-mother-language-day-2021/6234437603001/

 

On 21 February 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council will perform during the Observance of International Mother Language Day (IMLD).  The event will be hosted by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations, in collaboration with Members States from across the regions and UNESCO.  

 

The event is aimed at upholding the inalienable right of people globally to their mother languages and the importance of linguistic and cultural diversities.  Multilingualism, one of the core values of the UN, contributes to promoting, protecting and preserving diversity of languages and cultures globally and in the process, achieving the goals of the United Nations.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed our lives, it has reminded us how interconnected we are today.  And how we all must all work together to tackle our current global crises.  Multilingualism and diverse culture cultures are important elements in building a peaceful and inclusive world. 

 

The music programme by the UN Chamber Music Society that you will hear today, will reflect on our diverse elements – through the universal language of music.  It will honour multilingualism, by featuring composers from South Africa, Bangladesh, France and Guadeloupe.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.  All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

MESSAGES

 

Welcome remarks by H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh

Statement by H.E. Mr. Volken Bozkir, President of the General Assembly


Message of Director General of UNESCO, to be delivered by UNESCO Representative to the UN in New York


Statement by Ms. Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

 

Delivery of Message by Mr. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

 


Music Programme

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

SOUTH AFRICA / IsiXhosa
Sibusiso Njeza (1982 - )  “Nyana Wam” (“My Son”) aria from Madiba the African Opera
Nosango Mtirara (Soprano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Amir Farsi (Flute), Alec Manasse (Clarinet), Brenda Vongova (Piano)
 

FRENCH / GUADELOUPE
JOSEPH BOLOGNE CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES (1745-1799) Quartet in g minor, I. Allegro
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


BANGLADESH / Bangla
GARRY SCHYMAN (1954 - ) "Praan"
[Lyrics adapted from the poem "Stream of Life" from Gitanjali by RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861 - 1941)]

 

SPECIAL THANKS
 

Dylan Louie, Video Editor
UN Chamber Music Society Messages

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Concert in Celebration of
World Day for Social Justice

in support of (In)visible Women Organization at the
United Nations International School (UNIS)

 

 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS
Saturday, 20 February 2021
12pm Eastern Standard Time (New York)



Watch the performance: United Nations 
UN YouTube: https://youtu.be/jAqPtDmYhP0
UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/watch/concert-social-justice/6233807631001

 

 

Sending support to homeless women in the New York community, on World Day for Social Justice, Saturday 20 February 2021 at 12:00pm EST,  the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will launch a virtual concert dedicated to helping thousands of women suffering from homelessness – through (In)visible Women, a non-profit organization based at the United Nations International School (UNIS).

 

 From job discrimination, to lack of affordable housing, for them and their children, homeless women in unstable living conditions face many challenges. These issues make the daily lives of homeless women in need, immensely difficult.  (In)visible women is committed to help in making our community a safer, happier and healthier place for women on the streets and transitional shelters in New York City. 

 

Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.

 


 

Opening Messages

 

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

to be delivered by

Penny Abeywardena, New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs
 

 

Remarks


Dr. Dan Brenner
Executive Director of the United Nations International School



 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 


Special Guest Artist
Patrick Jee, NY Philharmonic Cellist



Music Programme
 

VADIM PETROV (1932 - 2020) Mám Tě Rád ("I Love You"), Op.76
Brenda Vongova (Piano), Amy Baskurt (Violin I),
Marien Chatard (Violin II), Abigail Elder (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Sooah Jeon (Flute), Saerom Kim (Clarinet), 
Ben Goldscheider (Horn)

 

 

Osvaldo Golijov (1960 - ) Omaramoor”
Patrick Jee (NY Philharmonic Cellist)

 


JAMES RA (1974 -  ) Evocation
Patrick Jee (NY Philharmonic Cellist), Tamami Awaji (Piano)


 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685 - 1759) "Prayer":  Dettingen Te Deum

David Strongin (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)



JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro (excerpt)
Jonathan Salamon  (Harpsichord), Amy Baskurt (UNIS Violin Solo), Ye-won Chang (Flute Solo),  Amane Miura (UNIS Violin & Co-Founder of (In)visible Women), Kristen Meola (UNIS Violin & Co-Founder of (In)visible Women), Abby Elder (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass)

 

 

 

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Support the (In)visible Women NYC
https://invisiblewomennyc.org/

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

UN Department of Global Communications


Recording of Handel:
High Line Nine

Christina Maxwell, Manager
Artist Kyle Meyer, represented by Yossi Milo Gallery
 


Artwork of Poster: Laydown
By Abeer Obaido



VERY SPECIAL THANKS
 

Mickey Alexander, Audio Engineer


Daniel Drake, Video Editor

VIRTUA CREATIVE PRESENTS
 


UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Virtual Concert on occasion of the
International Day of Commemoration
in memory of the victims of the Holocaust


 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH:
Wednesday, 27 January 2021
7:00 PM EST (New York time)


Watch the CONCERT on: UNITED NATIONS
UN GLOBAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://youtu.be/leOXQsA6-3g

UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/watch/holocaust-concert-un-chamber-music-society/6226046104001

 

On 27 January 2021, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), will perform a virtual concert in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say "never again". The classical music programme will feature Jewish composers, to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again.


Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society carries out the United Nations’ mission of peace, understanding and cooperation, through the universal language of music.  All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
 

 

PROGRAMME

Message


H.E. Mr. António Guterres
UN Secretary-General


Remarks

Melissa Fleming
UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications


Professor Roger Berkowitz,
Director of the Hannah Arendt Center

 

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


Music Programme


Kol Nidrei (An ancient Jewish prayer, that all of the Jewish victims knew by heart.)
Ori Wissner Levy (Violin)
Performed in the Treblinka Death Camp, in a forest north-east of Warsaw, Poland.


ERNEST BLOCH (1880 - 1959)  Baal Shem: II. Nigun

David Strongin (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)



MICHELLE DIBUCCI (1961 - ) "Wenn Ich Dich Sehe" aria from the ballet-opera Charlotte Saloman: Der Tod und die Malerin

Clare McNamara (Mezzo-Soprano), Krystof Witek (Violin Solo), Ted Mook (Cello), 
Kohei Yamaguchi (Bass), Tanya Witek (Flute/Piccolo), Lisa Kozenko (Oboe), 
Saerom Kim (Clarinet), John Falcone (Bassoon/Alto Saxophone), Ehren L. Valmé (Trombone), 
Anran Qian (Piano)
, Tom Betsalel (Vibraphone)

 


YAMEN SAADI (1997 - ) Introduction and Longa, Op.1
Yamen Saadi (Violin)


 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, Sarabande
Alexander Warenberg, Cello


 

GUSTAV MAHLER (1860 - 1911) Kindertotenlieder (Songs of the Deaths of Children):
IV. "Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen"

Clare McNamara (Mezzo-Soprano), Marie Gitman (Oboe), Ben Goldscheider (Horn), Anran Qian (Piano)


MAX REGER (1873 - 1916) Three Suites for Solo Viola, Op. 131d: Suite No. 1 in G Minor: I. Molto sostenuto
Sindy Mohamed, Viola



JULIUS KLENGEL (1859 - 1933) Hymnus for 12 Celli

Derek Louie (Cello)
 


MICHAEL COHEN (1938 - ) "I Remember" from the musical Yours, Anne  (Lyrics by Enid Futterman)
Britt Hewitt (Soprano), Jaye Simmons (Mezzo-Soprano), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Nathan Melzer (Violin), Derek Louie (Cello), Saerom Kim (Clarinet), Jordan James (French Horn
)


Shalom Aleichem (Traditional Jewish prayer)
David Strongin (Violin)
Performed in the Buchenwald concentration camp.

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

UN Department of Global Communications

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme

 

Recording of Bloch’s Nigun:
High Line Nine

Christina Maxwell, Manager

Artist Kyle Meyer, represented by Yossi Milo Gallery


 

Collection Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

© Charlotte Salomon Foundation

Charlotte Salomon®


 

Artwork of Poster: The Pattern of My Surrender (two)
Courtesy of Artist Naomi Safran-Hon and Slag Gallery

In the piece The Pattern of My Surrender (two) the barbwire is woven into the grid pattern before embedding it into lace and cement, the cement is holding both the lace and the barbwire together.

(28x40 inches, Acrylic, cement, barbed wire and lace, 2019)

 

 

 

 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS


Video Editing

Daniel Drake, Video Editor

 

 

Audio Production

VIRTUA CREATIVE
Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer
Keren Minto, Production Coordinator 

Greg Kalember, Mix Engineer

 

 

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For complete list of the 2021 Holocaust Remembrance Calendar of Events: https://www.un.org/en/node/104969

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Virtual Concert in Celebration OF

Human Rights DAY
Featuring composers from diverse backgrounds


 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS
Thursday, 10 December 2020
7pm Eastern Standard Time (New York)



Watch the performance: United Nations

UN Global YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrIMxpOw1ZM&ab_channel=UnitedNations
UN Human Rights YouTube: https://youtu.be/CroT8JgAwq4

UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/watch/human_rights_concert/6215146393001

UN Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/3937379909607530


 

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

In celebration of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), will perform a concert – to celebrate the adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  The UDHR is a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

 

The music programme will feature and celebrate musical works by female composers and composers of minority communities, representing an artistic tapestry of composers from diverse backgrounds.  By celebrating the works of composers from diverse backgrounds, we help to realign the world of classical music with its nuanced history, while expanding notions of what is considered conventional in classical music – symbolizing our hopes of building bridges of understanding of human rights.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations' goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.

 

Support the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
https://donatenow.ohchr.org/

 

 

PROGRAMME

 

Opening Messages
 

Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the Office
of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York 

 

Derrick León Washington
Senior Regional Human Rights Fellow at the Office
of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York

 

Ndaba Mandela
Founder & Chairman of Mandela Institute for Humanity


 

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

 

Featuring
Carol Wincenc (Flutist)  ● Nancy Allen (NY Philharmonic Harpist) ●  Velléda Miragias (Boston Philharmonic Cellist)  ●  Charles Neidich (Clarinetist)  ●  Ayaka Oshima (Clarinetist)  ●   Opus Illuminate

 


Music Programme
 

GRACE MOORE (2008 - ) Summer (arr. for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Derek Louie (Cello), Amir Farsi (Flute), Keeheon Nam (Clarinet), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

GERMAINE TAILLEFERRE (1892 – 1983) Pastorale for Flute and Harp
Professor Carol Wincenc (Flute), Nancy Allen (Principal Harpist, NY Philharmonic)


SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875 - 1912) Petite Suite de Concert, Op. 77: II. Demande et reponse
David Strongin (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


CHARLES NEIDICH (1953 - ) "Why"
Charles Neidich (Clarinet), Ayako Oshima (Clarinet)

 

 

FRANCISCA GONZAGA (1847 - 1935) Atraente (arr. Guilherme Andreas)
Professor Carol Wincenc (Flute), Velléda Miragias (Associate Principal Cellist, Boston Philharmonic)

 

 

JOSEPH BOLOGNE CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES (1745-1799) String Quartet in D, Opus 1, No. 6, Mvmt. 1
Opus Illuminate: Nathan Meltzer (Violin),
Phoenix Avalon (Violin), Devin Moore (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello)
 

 


 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

UN Department of Global Communications

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York

Katarina Mansson

 

 

New York Philharmonic
Very Young Composers



Professor Carol Wincenc
 

Opus Illuminate
National Arts Diversity Integration Association (NADIA)

 

Artwork of Poster: Peter Mah

 


VERY SPECIAL THANKS

 

Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie, Audio Engineer

 

Rebecca Bai, Video Editor


VIRTUA CREATIVE PRESENTS
 

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
“75 Years of Love”

ALBUM in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

In support of the UN Refugee Agency


Saturday, 12 December 2020
@12:00pm EST (New York)


 

Listen to the entire album on Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube, TikTok, Pandora,
and all the major music distribution platforms worldwide.
https://open.spotify.com/album/5HmIgroTdJ8Doutzi4bNE3?si=9FTdCBQOQByAta7X6alHAA



Watch the ALBUM LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS
UNHCR YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/vBubHKJ39DE
UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/live-now/watch/75-years-of-love/6213884902001

UN 75 YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/OMt4ojugJws


 

On 12 December 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society (UNCMS) – in partnership with VIRTUA CREATIVE – will launch “75 YEARS OF LOVE,” the ensemble’s debut world music album, in support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and in celebration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary.  The programme will be musically representative at the regional level, as repertoire from all five official regional groups of the United Nations will be featured.  The songs chosen will be linked to the message of the UN’s 75th anniversary.  The album will feature World Classical Music and World Pop Music – and will be launched on the various UN platforms.

All donations and album profits received will be directed to support the humanitarian work of the UNHCR, which has provided for seventy-years life-saving assistance and protection to refugees globally.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.

 

 

OPENING MESSAGES
 

H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir
President of the 75th session of the General Assembly

 

Filippo Grandi
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 

Fabrizio Hochschild,
Special Adviser on Preparations for Seventy-Fifth United Nations Anniversary

 

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

 


 

ALBUM PROGRAMME

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


 

(I) Latin American and Caribbean Group

BOB MARLEY (1945 - 1981) One Love (arr. Edward Bilous for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Julian Marley (Singer), Sara Marley (Singer), Addis Pablo (Melodica), Vivaldo Brown (Nyabinghi Drums), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Daniel Chmielinski (Bass)
, Brenda Vongova (Piano), Audrey Martell (Back-up vocalist), Janice Pendarvis (Back-up vocalist), LaJuan Carter (Back-up vocalist)

Recording for Sara Marley’s vocals:
Julian Miller and Ms. Lauryn Hill

Recording for Julian Marley:
Aston Barrett Jr., Engineer and Floyd “John GQ” Barrett, Co-Engineer

 

 

SAMUEL ZYMAN (1956 - )  Suite de la Mancha, III. Dulcinea
Eva Ding (Flute),
Derek Louie (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


(II) African Group


CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (arr. for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 


(III) Asia-Pacific Group

GARRY SCHYMAN (1954 - ) "Praan" [Lyrics adapted from the poem "Stream of Life" from Gitanjali by RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861 - 1941)] (arr. Edward Bilous)
Mai Fujisawa (Singer), Little Carol Choir, Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) "Dao Zai Fan Ye " from Calling All Dawns (arr. Gabriel Majou for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Eva Ding (Flute), Audrey Emata (Flute), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Ehren L. Valmé (Trombone)



(IV) Eastern European Group

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) The Seasons, Op.37a, February (Carnival) June (Barcarolle) and October (Autumn Song)
Jerome Lowenthal (Piano)

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 - 1893) Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50, TH.117: 2. (A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto & Coda – Lugubre

Sophia Stoyanovich (Violin), Noah Koh (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


(V) Western European Group

Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924) “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi (arr. Marina Lee)
Amy Burton (Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Audrey Emata (Flute), Sam Boutris (Clarinet), Michelle Gott (Harp)

GABRIEL FAURE (1845 - 1924)  Pavane
(arr. Marina Lee)
Alita Moses (Opera Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Eva Ding (Flute), Sam Boutris (Clarinet), Lucian Avalon (Oboe), Cornelia Sommer (Bassoon), Jordan James (Horn), Michelle Gott (Harp)

 

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If you wish to make a donation to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), please visit:

www.unrefugees.org/HelpRefugees2020
All donations are greatly appreciated.

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

UN Department of Global Communications

UN Office of the President of the General Assembly
Mohammed Shaker

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)


Office of the Special Adviser on Preparations for Seventy-Fifth United Nations Anniversary

United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna
Martin Nesirky

Christopher Tin
Sean Flahaven

Mai Fujisawa


Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie,
UNCMS Audio Engineer for “Broken Sail”

Rebecca Dixuan Bai,
UNCMS Video Editor for “Broken Sail”


Recording for Sara Marley’s vocals:
Julian Miller and Ms. Lauryn Hill

Recording for Julian Marley:
Aston Barrett Jr., Engineer and Floyd “John GQ” Barrett, Co-Engineer


Sara Marley
Julian Marley
Rohan Marley

Reggie Kerr


Artwork of Poster: © Robert Marley
Regal Marley


 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS
VIRTUA CREATIVE

Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer

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Michelle DiBucci, Producer

Keren Plowden, Production Manager

Greg Kalember, Mix Engineer

Steve Buonanotte, Audio Engineer

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Rick Kaplan, Film Director and Director of Photography

Eliot Francese, Videographer, Editor

David Scherker, Video Editor
Jessica Rice, Art Designer

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Katie Jenkins, Arranger

 Marina Lee, Arranger

Shelbie Rassler, Arranger

Anran Qian, Digital Audio Preparation

Yusei Hata, Music Preparation

Mia Kyler, Assistant Production Coordinator

Brianna Johnson, Researcher

Eamon Kobel, Video Production Assistant

Noah Hawes, Audio Assistant

Josef Trepetin, Audio Assistant

Daniel Kantzler, Audio Assistant

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In Partnership with the Westchester Children’s Museum and Virtua Arts

Special Thanks to Pepsico

 

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VIRTUA CREATIVE PRESENTS
 

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
“75 Years of Love”

Concert in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations
 

In support of the UN Refugee Agency

 

Saturday, 24 October 2020
@12:00pm EST (New York)


 

Watch the CONCERT: UNITED NATIONS

UN YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/mbRY9kOYx-8
UNHCR YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/hw11XmfI0Do

UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org/watch/75-years-of-love-concert-201024/6204210443001
UN 75 YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/zjp4Rc9Wngs  


TRAILERS: UNHCR YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl_vKBap3BQ
https://youtu.be/MkRrR5hGF3E

 

 

On 24 October 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society (UNCMS) – in partnership with VIRTUA CREATIVE – will launch “75 YEARS OF LOVE,” a virtual concert in celebration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary.  The programme will be musically representative at the regional level, as repertoire from all five official regional groups of the United Nations will be featured.  The songs chosen will be linked to the message of the UN’s 75th anniversary.  The concert will feature World Classical Music and World Pop Music – and will be launched on the various UN platforms.
 

Opening remarks will be delivered by Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Adviser on Preparations for Seventy-Fifth United Nations Anniversary; Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner; and Melissa Fleming,
UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.  The concert will be launched on the Official YouTube Channel for the UN75, as well as other UN and UNHCR platforms.

 

The “75 YEARS OF LOVE” project will also celebrate the debut album launch of the UN Chamber Music Society’s first world music album recording, in support of UNHCR, and in celebration of the UN’s anniversary.  All donations received will be directed to support the humanitarian work of the UNHCR, which has provided for seventy-years life-saving assistance and protection to refugees globally.  The album is scheduled to be launched by UNHCR in December 2020.

 

 

PROGRAMME
 

Opening Messages

 

Fabrizio Hochschild,
Special Adviser on Preparations for Seventy-Fifth United Nations Anniversary

 

Filippo Grandi,
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 

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


 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 


(I) Latin American and Caribbean Group

JULIAN MARLEY (1975 - ) Broken Sail (arr. Joel Thompson for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Julian Marley (Singer), Brenda Vongova (Piano), David Strongin (Violin I), Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Rohan Mundiya (Violin II), Naoko Nakajima (Violin II), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Abby Elder (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Noah Koh (Cello)

SAMUEL ZYMAN
(1956 - )  Suite de la Mancha, III. Dulcinea
Eva Ding (Flute),
Derek Louie (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


(II) African Group


VUSI NOVA (1984 - ) Viva Mandela (arr. RJ Benjamin)
Onesimus (Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

SIBUSISO NJEZA (1982 - ) "Umyolelo" ("The Instruction") aria from Madiba the African Opera (arr. Edward Bilous)
Nonie Mtirara (Soprano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Audrey Emata (Flute), Sam Boutris (Clarinet)


(III) Asia-Pacific Group

GHIYA RUSHIDAT (1984 -) Izar
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

GARRY SCHYMAN (1954 - ) "Praan" [Lyrics adapted from the poem "Stream of Life" from Gitanjali by RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861 - 1941)] (arr. Edward Bilous)
Mai Fujisawa (Singer), Little Carol Choir, Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) "Dao Zai Fan Ye " from Calling All Dawns (arr. Gabriel Majou for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Eva Ding (Flute), Audrey Emata (Flute), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Ehren L. Valmé (Trombone)



(IV) Eastern European Group

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 - 1893) Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50, TH.117: 2. (A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto & Coda – Lugubre
Sophia Stoyanovich (Violin), Noah Koh (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


(V) Western European Group

 

GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858 - 1924) "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi (arr. Edward Bilous)
Amy Burton (Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Audrey Emata (Flute), Sam Boutris (Clarinet), Michelle Gott (Harp
)

 

GABRIEL FAURE (1845 - 1924) Pavane (arr. Edward Bilous)
Alita Moses (Opera Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Eva Ding (Flute), Sam Boutris (Clarinet), Michelle Gott (Harp)

 

 

World

BOB MARLEY (1945 - 1981) One Love (arr. Edward Bilous for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Julian Marley (Singer), Sara Marley (Singer), Addis Pablo (Melodica), Vivaldo Brown (Nyabinghi Drums), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Daniel Chmielinski (Bass)
, Brenda Vongova (Piano), Audrey Martell (Back-up vocalist), Janice Pendarvis (Back-up vocalist), LaJuan Carter (Back-up vocalist)

Recording for Sara Marley’s vocals:
Julian Miller and Ms. Lauryn Hill


Recording for Julian Marley:
Aston Barrett Jr., Engineer and Floyd “John GQ” Barrett, Co-Engineer


 

 

If you wish to make a donation to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), please visit:

www.unrefugees.org/HelpRefugees2020

All donations are greatly appreciated.

 



SPECIAL THANKS
 

UN Department of Global Communications

Office of the Special Adviser on Preparations for Seventy-Fifth United Nations Anniversary

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna
Martin Nesirky

Mohammed Shaker

Mai Fujisawa

Lance Stehr
Robin Walsh

Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie,
UNCMS Audio Engineer for “Broken Sail”

Rebecca Dixuan Bai,
UNCMS Video Editor for “Broken Sail”


Dylan Louie,
UNCMS Video Editor for Social Media


 

Julian Miller
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Sara Marley


Julian Marley
Reggie Kerr

Aston Barrett Jr.
Floyd “John GQ” Barrett


Artwork of Poster: © Robert Marley
Regal Marley

Rohan Marley

 

 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS
VIRTUA CREATIVE

Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer
 

Michelle DiBucci, Producer

Keren Plowden, Production Manager

Steve Buonanotte, Audio Engineer

Greg Kalember, Audio Engineer

Mia Kyler, Production Coordinator

Brianna Johnson, Researcher

Rick Kaplan, Director of Photography

Eliot Francese, Videographer, Editor

David Scherker, Editor

Eamon Kobel, Production Assistant 

Marina Lee, Arranger

Shelbie Rassler, Arranger

Katie Jenkins, Vocal Arranger

Yusei Hata, Music Preparation

Anran Qian, Digital Audio Preparation 
Noah Hawes, Audio Assistant

Josef Trepetin, Audio Assistant

Daniel Kantzler, Audio Assistant

In Partnership with the Westchester Children’s Museum
Special Thanks to Pepsico

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

PERFORMANCE DURING THE UN General Assembly
United Nations Summit
on Biodiversity

“Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development.”

 

Convened by H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir

President of the Seventy-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

 


Wednesday, 30 September 2020

10:00am EST (New York)

 

Watch the SUMMIT LIVE: United Nations

UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org

UN Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNWebTV/status/1311039684118802439

UN Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/3730457843633072

UN YouTube: https://youtu.be/5WoQ0JjMzP8

 

Direct link to the performance:

UN Chamber Music Society YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/gvFwctUVZXM

 

 

 

The United Nations Summit on Biodiversity will be convened by the President of the General Assembly on 30 September 2020, at the level of Heads of State and Government under the theme of “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development.”  Our societies are intimately linked with and depend on biodiversity. Biodiversity is essential for people, including through its provision of nutritious food, clean water, medicines, and protection from extreme events. Biodiversity loss and the degradation of its contributions to people jeopardize progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and human wellbeing.

 

In celebration of the Summit, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation

Council (UNCMS), in collaboration with Grammy-winning artist Ricky Kej, will use their creative power to raise awareness about the ongoing planetary emergencies and invite leaders to take strong and transformative action for nature. In words of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, "Music is a powerful way to express commitment to causes dear to our hearts”.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations' goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.

 

 

PROGRAMME
 

Featuring messages from

 

H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir

President of the Seventy-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

 

H.E. Mr. António Guterres
UN Secretary-General

 

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


 

“Wild Karnataka” & “Shine Your Light”,

by Ricky Kej, Grammy Award Winning Composer

Hana Mundiya (Violin), Naoko Nakajima (Violin), Abigail Elder (Viola), Clara Abel (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

Featuring Special Guests
Ricky Kej (Synths), Lonnie Park (Singer), IP Singh (Singer), Varijashree (Singer, Bansuri), Pramath Kiran (Percussion), Siddhartha Belmannu (Singer), Wouter Kellerman (Flute), Fateh Ali (Sitar), Nate Horton (Drums), London McDaniel (Bass), Mzansi Youth Choir

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Ricky Kej & Production Team
 

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For more information:

https://www.un.org/pga/74/united-nations-summit-on-biodiversity/

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
TRIBUTE CONCERT to the Homeless
UN International Day of CHARITY


 

Saturday, 5 September 2020
12:00pm EST (New York)

 


Watch the CONCERT: UNITED NATIONS


UN Web TV
http://webtv.un.org/watch/UN-charity-day-concert/6187748885001

 

 

On Saturday, 5 September 2020 at 12pm EST (New York), on the UN International Day of Charity, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will perform a tribute concert to the homeless – in the spirit and call of strengthened global solidarity, focused on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.  The United Nations recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

 

All proceeds will be directed to Food Bank NYC.  Founded in 1983, Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger by organizing food, information, and support for community survival and dignity. Food Bank has been New York City’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for over 36 years. Nearly one in five—or 1.5 million New Yorkers primarily women and approximately 350,000 children, the working poor, immigrants, the elderly, and people with disabilities—relies on Food Bank for food and other resources.  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people in New York City turning to the Food Bank’s emergency food network has increased by 50%.  With every $1, Food Bank provides 5 meals to New Yorkers in need.

 

Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.

 

 

PROGRAMME
 

Opening Message

 

Olivier Adam,
UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator

 


UN Chamber Music Society

of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


DAVID POPPER (1843 - 1913) Requiem, Op.66

Professor Natasha Brofsky (Cello), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Bach Cantatas (arr. for violas)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,
BWV 140
Professor Carol Rodland (Soprano), Bethlehem Hadgu (Alto), Sean Juhl (Tenor), James Kang (Bass)


JOE HISAISHI (1950 - ) "Carrying You" from Laputa: Castle in the Sky

(arr. Gabriel Majou for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Mai Fujisawa (Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Marta Lambert (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Eva Ding (Flute), Graeme Steele Johnson (Clarinet), Cornelia Sommer  (Bassoon), Ben Goldscheider (Horn), Tom Betsalel (Percussion), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

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If you wish to make a donation to support the Food Bank for New York City, please visit:
https://www.foodbanknyc.org/

 

All donations are greatly appreciated.

 


SPECIAL THANKS

UN Department of Global Communications

Professor Natasha Brofskyz

Professor Carol Rodland
Sergio Muñoz
Leiva

Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie, Audio Engineer
Audio Production of Popper’s Requiem, Op.66


Broadway Presbyterian Church
 

Production Team for the UN Chamber Music Society’s performance of
"Carrying You" from Laputa: Castle in the Sky
composed by Joe Hisaishi (arr. Gabriel Majou for the UNCMS)

Jose Gomez, Film Director
Paul Darling, Sound Engineer 
Pepe Vargas, Creative Director
Alberto Garcia, Producer
Clara Rosado, Production Assistant


Photography of Poster: © Giles Clarke


VERY SPECIAL THANKS

Rebecca Bai, Video Editor

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Performance during Virtual Opening of the High-level Webinar to Commemorate the
UN International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

“Not Forgotten: Stories of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism”

 

Presented by
UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) / UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)

and the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism


 

Friday, 21 August 2020
10:00am – 11:40am EST (New York)
 


Watch the COMMEMORATION
on THE UNITED NATIONS PLATFORMS

 

UN Global YouTube Channel
https://youtu.be/bakeHh-SUaA

UN Facebook
 https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/3600396759972515


UN Twitter
https://twitter.com/UNWebTV/status/1296563777853325313

 

UN Web TV
http://webtv.un.org/watch/terrorism-200821am/5689654736001

 

UN OCT’s Twitter
https://twitter.com/UN_OCT

 

 

On Friday, 21 August 2020 at 10:00 am EST, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will perform during the third commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.  The virtual high-level event, “Not Forgotten: Stories of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism”, will be held with the participation of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, and will be an opportunity for victims to speak about remembrance on their own terms.

 

A short film on remembrance will be launched, with testimonies of victims and survivors of terrorism demonstrating their individual journey and experience, especially since the onset of the pandemic. This will be followed by an interactive discussion with a panel of victims, victims’ associations, and experts on how the pandemic has affected the ability to honour and commemorate victims and survivors of terrorism. This event is organized in collaboration with the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism.

 

Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.

 

 

 

PROGRAMME
 

Keynote Address
 

H.E. Mr. António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

 

Opening Messages

Mr. Vladimir Voronkov
Under-Secretary-GeneralforCounter-Terrorism, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)

 

H.E. Ms. Adela Raz, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the UN and Co-chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism

 

 

Distinguished Speakers

 

H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande,
President of the United Nations General Assembly

 

H.E. Mr. Agustín Santos Maraver,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN and Co-chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism

 

Dr. Reinhold Lopatka, Chairperson of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism

 

 

Screening of Film

“Not Forgotten: Stories of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism”

 

 

Interactive Discussion
 
With Victims of Terrorism

 

 

Musical Interludes

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 - 1791) Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622, II. Adagio
Graeme Steele Johnson (Clarinet Solo), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Marta Lambert (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Eva Ding (Flute), Cornelia Sommer (Bassoon), Ben Goldscheider (Horn), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

JOE HISAISHI (1950 - ) "Carrying You" from Laputa: Castle in the Sky (arr. Gabriel Majou for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Mai Fujisawa (Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Marta Lambert (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Eva Ding (Flute), Graeme Steele Johnson (Clarinet), Cornelia Sommer  (Bassoon), Ben Goldscheider (Horn), Tom Betsalel (Percussion), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Production Team

Jose Gomez, Film Director
Paul Darling, Sound Engineer 
Pepe Vargas, Creative Director
Alberto Garcia, Producer
Clara Rosado, Production Assistant

The Sound Bridges International presents


UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

VIRTUAL CONCERT IN CELEBRATION OF
World HUMANITARIAN DAY


 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
8pm Eastern Standard Time (New York)


 

Watch the performance
on THE UNITED NATIONS PLATFORMS

 

UN Global YouTube Channel

https://youtu.be/x-jG2xN1Zqo


UN OCHA YouTube Channel

https://youtu.be/rcw9k4SR3uE

 

UN Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/videos/988104674993619/

 

UN Web TV

http://webtv.un.org/watch/un-chamber-music-society-council-concert-in-celebration-of-world-humanitarian-day/6182301597001


 

In celebration of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), in partnership with The Sound Bridge Internationa, will perform a concert - to apy special tribute to the real-life heroes from the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations, who have committed their lives to helping others in the most extreme circumstances throughout the world.  The music programme will feature musical works that represent an artistic tapestry of human experience, to provoke empathy and create a more compassionate world, in hopes of building bridges of cultural understanding.

 

Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society carries out the United Nations’ mission of peace, understanding and cooperation, through the universal language of music.  Music is a symbolizes love and peace, and holds the power to highlight humanitarians dedicated to helping people affected by crises.  All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

Opening Messages

 

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General and Head of OCHA
 

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Richard Blewitt, Permanent Observer and Head of Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the United Nations

 

The Juilliard School
Dr. Joseph W. Polisi, President Emeritus of Juilliard
&

Dr. Adam Meyer, Provost of Juilliard

 

Yale University
Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León,
Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

 

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

 

Special Guest Artist
Kinan Azmeh, Clarinet

 

 

Music Programme
 

CECILE CHAMINADE (1857-1944) Selections from Album des Enfants, Op.123,  II. “Intermezzo”, X. “Tarentelle”

Ori Wissner Levy (Violin), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Harriett Langley (Violin)


JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 - 1897)  Six Pieces for Piano, Op.188: 2. Intermezzo in A Major, Andante teneramente
Graeme Steele Johnson (Clarinet), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

KINAN AZMEH (1976 - ) Meditations on Airports

Kinan Azmeh (Clarinet)

 

FANNY HENSEL MENDELSSOHN (1805-1847) “Gartenlieder”, V. Abendlich schon rauscht der Wald

Harriett Langley (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Jenny Kwak (Cello)


 

J. S. BACH (1685-1750) “Concerto for Two Violins”, II. Largo ma non tanto

Hye-Jin Kim (Violin), Ara Gregorian (Violin)


SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873 - 1943) Piano Concerto No. 2, II. Adagio Sostenuto
Brenda Vongova (Piano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Jenny Kwak (Cello), Kohei Yamaguchi (Bass), Amir Farsi (Flute), Scott Leger (Horn)

 

JOSE ROLON (1876-1945) “Piano Quartet” Opus 16

III. Molto Vivace

Amelia Dietrich (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Jenny Kwak (Cello), Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (Piano)

 


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Support the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
by donating to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

https://cerf.un.org/donate

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

UN Department of Global Communications


Photography of Poster: © Giles Clarke/UNOCHA


 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

 

The Sound Bridges

Florrie Marshall, Video Editor & Audio Engineer

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
CONCERT FOR LEBANON

 

 

VIRTUAL Launch: UNITED NATIONS
Sunday, 16 August 2020
@12:00pm EST (New York time)

 


UN Official YouTube
https://youtu.be/EKZ2Fe7P3gs

UN WEB TV

http://webtv.un.org/watch/concert-for-lebanon-uncms-200816/6181421599001

UN Facebook
https://business.facebook.com/UNWebTV/videos/655824011955208/

 

 

LIVE BroadcastS:

Lebanese TV LBC @7:00pm EEST (Beirut time)
https://www.lbcgroup.tv/
MTV Lebanon @11:20pm EEST (Beirut time)

https://www.mtv.com.lb/vod/en/program/851

https://www.facebook.com/mtvlebanon/videos/619018252351731/


 

Sending solidarity and support to Lebanon and its people in the face of the unprecedented explosion, on Sunday, 16 August 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert in support of Lebanon’s ongoing relief and recovery efforts.   The explosion ripped through the city, flipping over cars, shattering glass and causing building infrastructures to crumble. The international community is heartbroken to see the devastation caused by the explosion, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the citizens of Lebanon and all those who have also been affected.  All funds raised will be directed to the Lebanese Red Cross, to benefit the people of Lebanon.

 

 Music binds us together in these darkest moments.  Through compassion, the musicians of UN Chamber Music Society will perform music to support Lebanon – from the safety of their homes, to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the goals of the UN through the universal language of music

 

OPENING MESSAGES

H.E. Ms. Amal Mudallali
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations

 

Melissa Fleming
UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

 

Richard Blewitt
Permanent Observer and Head of Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the United Nations

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council

Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

Featuring
Tania Kassis
Lebanese International Singer



MUSIC PROGRAMME

Giulio Caccini (1551 - 1618) Islamo-Christian Ave Maria (arr. Tania Kassis & Michel Fadel)
Tania Kassis (Lebanese International Singer), Maen Zakaria (Singer), Fares Massaad (Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Marta Lambert (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

EDWARD ELGAR (1857 1934)  Serenade for String Orchestra, Op.20, II Larghetto
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Marta Lambert (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello)

 

LAYALE CHAKER (1990 -)  Mkhammas Suite, III: Ya Fajr (Variations)
Layale Chaker (Violin)

 

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 - 1897)  Six Pieces for Piano, Op.188: 2. Intermezzo in A Major, Andante teneramente
Graeme Steele Johnson (Clarinet), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


 

Marwan Khoury (1968 - ) Watani (arr: Michel Fadel)
Tania Kassis (Lebanese International Singer), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Marta Lambert (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


 

PoeM
Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American Poet (1883-1931)
 



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If you wish to make a donation to support the Lebanese Red Cross, please click here.  All donations are greatly appreciated.



SPECIAL THANKS

H.E. Mr. Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz
Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States to the United Nations

UN Department of Global Communications

Mohammed Shaker
Katarina Mansson

 

Tania Kassis
De Mouton Production
Drone footage: The Flying Lab

Rayan Ayash, Photographer

Washington Street Historical Society
Todd Fine

 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor

Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie, Audio Engineer

The UN Chamber Music Society presents
 

Music and Film:

Rebuilding Better Through Coronavirus and Beyond

 

 

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: Tuesday, 21 July 2020

UN75 YOUTUBE CHANNEL
https://youtu.be/jhW8RrT3q7U


Watch the FINAL DIALOGUe on UNESCO

https://en.unesco.org/news/un75unesco-resiliart-debate-music-and-film-rebuilding-better-through-coronavirus-and-beyond-21

 

 

‘Music and Film: Rebuilding Better Through Coronavirus and Beyond’, organized by the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), in partnership with UN75 and the UN Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), will be moderated by Ernesto Ottone R, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, The UN Secretary-General’s Advisor on UN75 Fabrizio Hochschild, and World Health Organistion’s Art and Health Lead Christopher Bailey, will offer opening statements. The panel will feature Sean Flahaven, Chief Theatricals Executive of Concord, the fifth largest music company in the world & a Tony and Grammy winning producer, including of the 6x Platinum hit musical Hamilton; Emellie O’Brien, Founder & CEO of Earth Angel, a pioneering sustainability consultancy dedicated to greening film and television production; Joseph Bartning, Executive Director of the Salzburg Festival Society; and Rose H. Schwartz, partner at entertainment law firm Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C., who represents U.S. and international film and television producers, authors, opera companies, record labels, and creative talent.

 

This UN75/UNESCO ResiliArt panel discussion will explore the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on the music and film industries, what can be done to protect creators and artists who are disproportionately affected by it, and how the music and film industries can be part of solutions to the global challenges facing our world.

 

#UN75 is the United Nations’ largest outreach initiative to engage the global public and civil society to address the most urgent challenges of our time. The views, concerns and ideas expressed in UN75 Moderated Dialogues will be presented to world leaders of all 193 UN Member States and UN leadership at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th Anniversary in September 2020. After September 2020, groups around the world will discuss how best to take forward the priorities and proposals generated from these Dialogues. To learn more about UN75, visit https://www.un.org/en/un75

 

#ResiliArt is a UNESCO movement to raises awareness about the far-reaching ramification of COVID-19 across the cultural sectors; support artists during and following the crisis, including advocating for incorporating protecting the art and culture sectors and their workers in COVID-19 relief plans, and post-pandemic economic recovery plans; and thinking ahead to rebuild the creative sectors better post Covid-19, in alignment with UN priorities, including socio-economic and environmental sustainability. To learn more about ResiliArt, visit https://en.unesco.org/news/resiliart-artists-and-creativity-beyond-crisis

 

 

The #Culture2030Goal Coalition, composed of eight international cultural networks, recently released and signed a statement entitled 'Ensuring culture fulfills its potential in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic'. This statement was recently endorsed by the President of the UN General Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. To learn more about the Coalition, and to add your voice to this advocacy campaign by endorsing the statement, visit http://culture2030goal.net

 

Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.

 

https://en.unesco.org/news/resiliart-artists-and-creativity-beyond-crisis

Moderator & Panelists
 

Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, previously served as Chile’s first Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage from 2015 to 2018. As Minister of Culture, he created a Department of First Peoples, a Migrants Unit and strengthened copyright laws and heritage protections. During this time, he also chaired the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (2016 – 2017).

 

Sean Patrick Flahaven, Chief Theatricals Executive of Concord, the fifth largest music company in the world;, producer on over 30 albums, 12 of which were nominated for Grammy Awards, including the Grammy-winning, 6x Platinum hit, Hamilton; Tony Award winner as a co-producer of the hit 2019 Best Musical, Hadestown

 

Emellie O’Brien, Founder & CEO of Earth Angel, a pioneering sustainability consultancy dedicated to greening film and television production. Emellie’s sustainability leadership on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 contributed to it being acclaimed as “the most eco-friendly blockbuster in Sony Pictures’ history." Recent clients include the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Spielberg’s Oscar nominated film The Post.

 

Joseph Bartning, Executive Director of the Salzburg Festival Society. Established in 1920, the Festival was one of the first global artistic peace projects, uniting nations with their shared appreciation for artistic excellence. The Society aims to promote peace through strategic partnerships and works to create an inclusive community of enthusiasts.

 

Rose H. Schwartz, partner at entertainment law firm Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C., Her clients include U.S. and international film and television producers, authors, opera companies, record labels, and creative talent.  Rose is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) East Coast; the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (New York Chapter); The Authors Guild (member-at-large); and New York Women in Film and Television.

 

 

Performance by the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council

Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (arr. for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

Mohammed Shaker

UN Department of Global Communications


UNESCO

WHO
 


Very Special Thanks
 

Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor
 

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
VIRTUAL CONCERT IN CELEBRATION OF
NELSON MANDELA

INTERNATIONAL DAY

 

Launch: Saturday, 18 July 2020
12pm Eastern Standard Time (New York)

Broadcast:
UNITED NATIONS
OFFICIAL UN YOUTUBE CHANNEL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U28AEf44XEI&feature=youtu.be

& UN WEB TV
http://webtv.un.org/news-features/watch/un-chamber-music-society-concert-to-mark-nelson-mandela-international-day/6172610980001


 

It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man's freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.’’

~Nelson Mandela  

 

 

On Saturday, 18 July 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day.  The music repertoire of the concert will honour the African heritage, by featuring compositions by extraordinary black composers who changed the course of classical music history, including Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges (dubbed the ‘Black Mozart’) – one of the most accomplished classical music composers of African ancestry.  The concert will present the international premiere of arias from Madiba the African Opera, composed by the Sibusiso Njeza, and sung by opera singer Nonie Mtirara, niece of Nelson Mandela.  In addition, the world premiere of Vusi Nova’s “Viva Mandela”, arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society, will be featured.

 

In recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom, Nelson Mandela International Day recognizes his values and dedication to the service of humanity in the struggle for democracy internationally, and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.

 

OPENING REMARKS
 

H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande
President of the Seventy-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

 

Melissa Fleming
UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

 

 

FEATURING

Ndaba Mandela
Founder & Chairman of Mandela Institute for Humanity

Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X

Rohan Marley, Son of Bob Marley

International Premiere of Madiba the African Opera
with
Nonie Mtirara, Opera Singer, Niece of Nelson Mandela

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


 


MUSIC PROGRAMME

Onesimus “Viva Mandela” (arr. by RJ BENJAMIN for the UN Chamber Music Society - World Premiere) written by Vusi Nova
Thapelo Masita (Cello), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

Sibusiso Njeza (1982 - ) “Umyolelo” (“The Instruction”) aria from Madiba the African Opera (International Premiere)
Nosango Mtirara (Soprano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Amir Farsi (Flute), Alec Manasse (Clarinet), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

JOSEPH BOLOGNE CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES (1745-1799) Quartet in g minor, I. Allegro
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

SCOTT JOPLIN (1868 - 1917) Bethena: A Concert Waltz
David Strongin (Violin), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Violin),
Thapelo Masita (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass)
 

ENOCH SONTONGA (1873 - 1905) Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (National Anthem of South Africa)
Michael O (Singer), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750)   Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude
Drew Alexander Forde (Viola), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

Sibusiso Njeza (1982 - )  “Nyana Wam” (“My Son”) aria from Madiba the African Opera
(International Premiere)

Nosango Mtirara (Soprano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Thapelo Masita (Cello), Amir Farsi (Flute), Alec Manasse (Clarinet), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS
 

UN Department of Global Communications


Ndaba Mandela

 

Ilyasah Shabazz


Rohan Marley

VUSI NOVA
Lance Stehr
Onesimus
RJ Benjamin


Mohammed Shaker


 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

Rebecca Dixuan Bai, Video Editor

Edward Bilous, Music Producer
Greg Kalember, Music Editor
Anran Qian, Music Editor
Virtua Music, Audio Production

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT
IN SUPPORT OF UNESCO’S RESILIART MOVEMENT FOR ARTISTS

 

Launch: Bastille Day
Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 12:00pm EST

Broadcast:
UNESCO OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL

https://www.youtube.com/unesco

Direct Link:

https://youtu.be/z0lJFC3FxDg


On Tuesday, 14 July 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert in support of UNESCO’s ResiliArt movement for artists in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with UNESCO and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), the concert will take place on Bastille Day, the national day of France, and will celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity, particularly through French language and music.

 

Launched in April 2020, following the outbreak of COVID-19, UNESCO’s ResiliArt movement is a concerted global effort to support artists, ensure access to culture for all and promote the diversity of cultural expressions.  The health crisis brought on by COVID-19 has plunged the global economy into a recession, which could cost the global economy nearly US $8.5 trillion over the next two years.  While billions of people around the world have turned to culture as a source of comfort and connection during this crisis, the impact of COVID-19 has not spared the culture sector. Cultural institutions including museums, theatres, cinemas and concert halls are losing millions in revenue each day, and 1 in 8 museums may never reopen. Artists, most of whom were already working part-time, on an informal basis or under precarious contracts prior to the pandemic, are struggling to make ends meet. Today, we are experiencing a cultural emergency.

 

ResiliArt sheds light on the current state of the cultural and creative industries amidst the crisis through global discussions with key industry professionals, as well as by capturing the experiences and voices of resilience of artists on social media.  Together with creative actors, ResiliArt raises awareness about the far-reaching ramifications of COVID-19 across the sector and aims at supporting artists during and following the crisis.  This includes incorporating protections for the culture sector and its professionals in COVID-19 relief plans, and post-pandemic economic recovery plans; improving the status of the artist by advocating for fairer regulations and the fair remuneration of artists; and thinking ahead to rebuild the creative sector better post COVID-19, in alignment with UN priorities, including socio-economic and environmental sustainability.  ResiliArt also promotes cultural diversity in the face of growing risks of cultural homogenization, due to, among other factors, the rise of online platforms.

 

During the inaugural debate on World Art Day (April 15), UNESCO called on all interested parties to join the ResiliArt Movement by organizing their own debates with the help of a public guide made accessible by UNESCO for this purpose. More than 100 ResiliArt debates have been organized to date in 54 countries around the world (and more than 30 additional debates are currently scheduled in five regions across the globe). Through ResiliArt, civil society has become an active actor in the decision-making process to enhance the culture sector’s resilience in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge requiring an unprecedented response. Now more than ever, we need to recognize, incorporate, and support cultural concerns in our response to the crisis and planning for the recovery, and support artists and culture professionals in overcoming, this emergency.

 

During the Bastille Day ResiliArt concert, musicians of the UN Chamber Music Society will perform music from the safety of their homes, to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the goals of the UN through the universal language of music. 

 

OPENING MESSAGES

H.E. Mr. Nicolas de Rivière
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

to be delivered by Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

MUSIC PROGRAMME

I. Baroque Period

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818 – 1893) Ave Maria (Originally published as “Méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach”)
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Alec Manasse (Clarinet)


II. Classical Period

JOSEPH BOLOGNE CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES (1745-1799) Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, Op. 1b No. 3, Allegro
Naoko Nakajima (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


III. Romantic Period

GABRIEL FAURE (1845 – 1924)  Pavane
Alexander Warenberg (Cello)

FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810 – 1849)  Nocturne Op.9, No.2 in Eb
David Strongin (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835 – 1921) Clarinet Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op.167, I. Allegretto
Alec Manasse (Clarinet), Brenda Vongova (Piano)



IV. Early 20th century Modern Period

LILY BOULANGER (1893-1918) Nocturne
Eva Ding (Flute Solo), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Naoko Nakajima (Violin), Sergio Muñoz (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello)


V. Late 20th century Popular

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) “Rassemblons-Nous” from Calling All Dawns (arr. Gabriel Majou for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Michael  O (Tenor), Camille Brault (Mezzo-Soprano), Eva Ding (Flute), Gabriel Majou (Violin), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Drew Alexander Forde (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)


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If you wish to make a donation to support ResiliArt, please click here.  All donations are greatly appreciated.



SPECIAL THANKS

UN Department of Global Communications

Mohammed Shaker

Gabriel Majou
 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

Jose Taveras, Video Editor

Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie, Audio Engineer

The UN Refugee Agency presents
UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
VIRTUAL CONCERT IN CELEBRATION OF
WORLD REFUGEE DAY



VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH:

Saturday, 20 June 2020
12pm Eastern Standard Time (New York)
7pm Eastern European Summer Time (Mafraq, Jordan)


 

Watch the BROADCAST performance on:

UNHCR Global Youtube

https://youtu.be/LN6f6TOWRrs

or

UNHCR jordan facebook
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On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society

of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), in partnership with the UN Refugee

Agency (UNHCR), will hold a pre-recorded virtual concert, which will also be broadcasted in

Jordan, which is home to nearly 750,000 refugees.  Refugees and other displaced populations belong to the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society. They are particularly at risk during the time of the coronavirus disease outbreak, because they often have limited access to water, sanitation systems and health facilities.
 

The World Refugee Day Concert of the UN Chamber Music Society will raise awareness about the plight of the coronavirus pandemic on refugees. Over 80 per cent of the world’s refugees and nearly all internally displaced people are hosted in low- and middle-income countries, with already strained health care systems.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, these communities face heightened challenges, and their

vulnerabilities must be taken into consideration in readiness and response operations. Keeping the

most vulnerable safe means keeping everyone safe.

 

As the concert is hosted by the UN Refugee Agency in New York City, Part I of the concert will feature a classical and world music programme, symbolizes the city’s multicultural and global dimension – while providing solace to the city which has been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic.  A musician of the New York Philharmonic and dancers of the American Ballet Theatre will be featured. In addition, the UN Chamber Music Society will perform music from the musical Hamilton.  Part II of the concert will feature music from Jordan and the Middle East, opening with music composed by the region’s music icon Kadim Al Sahir.  Part III of the concert will feature the world debut of a music collaboration “Hope for Refugees” between the UN Chamber Music Society and Afghan rapper and activist, Sonita Alizadeh.  Sonita grew up as a refugee in Iran.  She was sold into marriage twice as a child bride.  However, she escaped that fate, and today - uses rap music as a tool to empower girls and to bring change and equality to this world.  Co-produced by UNCMS founder Brenda Vongova,“Hope for Refugees” fuses the world of rap music with the classical music of the J.S. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No.1 in D Minor, with the mission of making classical music more accessible to the world.


Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society carries out the United Nations’ mission of peace, understanding and cooperation, through the universal language of music.  Music is a symbolizes love and peace, and holds the power to highlight the plight of the refugees.  All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
 

 

PROGRAMME

Opening Messages

 

United Nations
H.E. Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

 

UN Refugee Agency

Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner


UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications
Melissa Fleming



UN Chamber Music Society 

of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


Part I:  Classical, New York and World Music

 

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA (1980 -) "Wait for It" from the musical HAMILTON

Tom Lowe (Voice), Hana Mundiya (Violin), James Quinlan (Double Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Tom Betsalel (Percussion)


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 - 1791)  Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, Mvmt. I. Allegro (Excerpt)

Brenda Vongova (Piano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Sindy Mohamed (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello)


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750)   Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, Sarabande
Patrick Jee, Cello (Musician of the New York Philharmonic)

 

Sarabande | Stephanie Williams & Calvin Royal III, company members of American Ballet Theatre | ©Claudia Schreier, Choreographer | Music: J.S. Bach; Clare Bradford, Cello | Video: Gus Reed & Harry McFann
 

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (arr. for the UN Chamber Music Society)

Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

 

Part II:  Jordan and Middle East

 

Interviews with aspiring young refugee musicians in the camp

 

KADIM AL SAHIR (1957 - ) Eid al ashak "Celebration of lovers"
Flute Solo (Amir), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Alec Manasse (Clarinet), Tom Betsalel (Percussion)

 

ANONYMOUS (muwashshah, Andalusia (before 1492)) Lamma Bada Yatathanna (arr. David Yardley)
David Yardley (Countertenor & Medieval Harp)

 

GHIYA RUSHIDAT (1984 -) Izar

Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello), James Quinlan (Double Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

 

Part III:  Hope for Refugees

 

Message from Refugee Artist
Sonita Alizadeh, Rapper and Activist


SONITA ALIZADEH (1996 - ) Hope for Refugees X JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Harpsichord Concerto No.1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro

Sonita Alizadeh (Rapper), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello)

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

UN Department of Global Communications
 

George Maloian
Sean Patrick Flahaven

 

Florrie Marshall

 

Artwork of Poster: Abeer Obaido

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Exploring the refugee self in art dialogues inspires new practices to participate in a community and new tools to articulate a social identity. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the exploration and engagement of the refugee experience are more vital than ever – because they ensure equity and resilience, creating a diversified shared experience.  The painting is a part of a series inspired by Hannah Arendt’s work “We Refugees”.


 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

 

Edward Bilous, Music Producer

Anran Qian, Music Editor

Imaginal Music, Audio Production


 

For list of all World Refugee Day 2020 events:

https://www.unhcr.org/refugeeday/wrd2020-events/

In partnership with the World Health Organization


UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
PRESENTS

HEALING HANDS CONCERT


 

A virtual concert in celebration of Portuguese Language Day and Culture
& in observance of WHO’s World Hand Hygiene Day


 

In support of the
GLOBAL RESPONSE PLAN TO COVID-19


 

LAUNCH DATE:
Thursday, 7 May 2020

 

Watch the performance on:
WHO-GLOBAL CITIZEN SOLIDARITY SESSIONS

https://www.who.int/news-room/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/together-at-home

 

or DIRECT LINK TO CONCERT:
https://youtu.be/axJCvtFH8ek

 

 

MESSAGES


Joaquim de Almeida,
Portuguese-American Actor

 

 

FEATURING ARTISTS


Dani Alves, Percussion (World Debut with the UN Chamber Music Society)
Captain of São Paulo FC and the Brazilian National Soccer Team


Paulo Flores, Angolan Singer

 

Tiganá Santana, Brazilian Singer

Luís Represas, Portuguese Singer


 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

The UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) is proud to present the world debut of Brazil’s football superstar Dani Alves, as a percussionist with the UNCMS, in collaboration with the legendary Paolo Flores from Angola.  The concert celebrates World Hand Hygiene Day, which coincides with International Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture.  The performance features music from the three regions of the world where Portuguese is spoken: Latin America (Brazil), Africa (Angola) and Europe (Portugal).  Special thanks to Portuguese-American actor Joaquim de Almeida, for delivering opening remarks, the soulful Tiganá Santana from Brazil, Portuguese music icon Luís Represas, and all the musicians who contributed.

 

Launched in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the concert draws attention to the simple practices that each of us can take throughout this pandemic to protect our friends and loved ones, and to protect the healing hands of our medical professionals.  The prevention and control of infection of the coronavirus, using hand hygiene, is critical to achieving this goal.  Musicians’ hands are also healing hands, because music heals.


With 240 million Portuguese language speakers worldwide, Portuguese is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. Established by the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) - the community of nations where Portuguese if the official language, including Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor - Portuguese Language Day is dedicated to celebrating the common linguistic and cultural ties which unite these eight countries.  Portuguese is now recognized as a working language by European Union, the Mercosul, the African Union, the Organization of Ibero-American States, and the Organization of American States, among other world organizations.  As music is a universal language, the repertoire at this concert will symbolize the spiritual and philosophical connection between music and the Portuguese Language – while supporting WHO’s call to hand hygiene.

 

Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.  All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

 


 

MUSIC PROGRAMME

Part I: AFRICA - Angola
PAULO FLORES (1972 - )  Kunanga do Amor
(arr. for the UN Chamber Music Society by Ghiya Rushidat)
Paulo Flores (Voice), Dani Alves (Percussion), David Strongin (Violin), James Quinlan (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Daniel Gurfinkel (Clarinet),
Mohamed Gamal (Trombone)

 

Part II: LATIN AMERICA - Brazil
TIGANÁ SANTANA (1982 - ) Reverência
Tiganá Santana (Voice & Guitar), Amir Farsi (Flute), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Naoko Nakajima (Violin), James Quinlan (Bass)


Part III: WESTERN EUROPE - Portugal

LUÍS REPRESAS (1956 - ) FEITICEIRA | Music: Luís Represas | Lyrics: Francisco Viana | Arrangement: Carlos Garcia
Luís Represas (Voice & Guitar), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Naoko Nakajima (Violin), Abigail Elder (Viola), Bass (James Quinlan)

 

Part IV: World Music
CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) Passou o Verao from The Drop That Contained the Sea
(arr. by Gabriel Majou for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Amir Farsi (Flute), Gabriel Majou (Violin), Ori Wissner Levy (Violin), Marta Lambert (Viola), Anouchka Hack (Cello), James Quinlan (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

 

 

Support the Global Response Plan to COVID-19 by donating to
https://covid19responsefund.org/

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

World Health Organization
 

Mohammed Shaker

 

Aguinaldo Baptista

 

Arturo De La Fuente

Monica Cosas

 

Artwork of Poster:
La Cathédrale | 
Auguste RODIN

S.1001 | Pierre | H. 64 cm ; L. 29,5 cm ; P. 31,8 cm

Paris, musée Rodin © musée Rodin - photo Christian Baraja


 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

 

Philip Yusuff, Video Editor

Classical music is central to world sports history. It is played everywhere, from the opening of every FIFA World Cup, to Formula 1 Races, the Olympics, and Ice Skating among others. This concert celebrates this long-standing but little-known marriage. Music, art and sports will be crucial to maintaining our physical and mental health in the times ahead.
 

We will need all our strength as we consider and prepare for how we must rebuild the world better when the coronavirus pandemic ends.  The United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development in 2013 to recognize sports’ contributions to the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.

 

All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

LAUNCH DATE:
Thursday, 9 April 2020



 

Watch the performance on:
World health organization

https://www.who.int/news-room/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/together-at-home


 

MESSAGES


World Health Organization (WHO)
 Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization

Dani Alves
Professional Athlete – Captain of São Paulo FC and the Brazilian National Soccer Team

 

David Alaba
Professional Athlete – FC Bayern Munich and Austrian National Soccer Team

 

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director


 

MUSIC PROGRAMME

Part I: Classical Music & Sports
 

Football
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Zadok the Priest (aka. “The Champions League Anthem”)
David Strongin, Violin
Ori Wissner Levy, Violin
Anouchka Hack, Cello
Brenda Vongova, Piano

 

Football
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) Waltz No. 2
Sindy Mohamed, Viola
Arthur Hornig, Cello


Olympics Ice Skating Finals
MAURICE RAVEL (1875 - 1937) Boléro
Hana Mundiya, Violin
Rohan Mundiya, Violin


Formula 1

GEORGES BIZET (1838 - 1875)  Carmen – Overture
Ori Wissner Levy, Violin

 

FIFA World Cup

GIACOMO Puccini (1858 - 1924) Nessun Dorma
Amir Farsi, Flute
Hana Mundiya, Violin
Abigail Elder, Viola
Sarah Favinger, Bass


 

Part II: Classical Music & Peace
 

MANUEL DE FALLA (1876 - 1946)  NANA from "7 cançiones populares"

Kian Soltani, Cello
Petrit Çeku, Guitar

 

Group Dance in the 17th–18th centuries

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750)  Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, Gigue
Assif Binness, Cello


Group Dance in the 17th–18th centuries
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750)  Partita No. 3, Gigue
Gabriel Majou, Violin


David Yardley (1978 - ) A Troubadour’s Lament for Toulouse, in the Plague of 1348
(Meravilhar nós devo pas las gens) [Words: Cavalier Lunel de Monteg (alias Peire de Lunel), 1326-1384]
David Yardley, Countertenor and Medieval Harp

 

Group Dance in the 17th–18th centuries
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750)  Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, Sarabande
Drake Driscoll, Cello


JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR (1697 - 1764) Sonate Duo, No. 5, Movmt. 2

Sara Ferrández, Viola
Yamen Saadi, Violin

 

 

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Support the Global Response Plan to COVID-19 by donating to
https://covid19responsefund.org/

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

World Health Organization
 

Mohammed Shaker

 

David Strongin

 

Arturo De La Fuente
Jennifer Peros
Clare Ngai-Howard

 

Artwork of Poster:
Discus-thrower (The Townley Discobolus), Roman copy of a bronze original of the 5th century B.C.E., attributed to Myron, from Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy © The Trustees of the British Museum

 

 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

Lightbox

UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Performance to Provide Solace during the coronavirus Pandemic


 

LaunchED
Friday, 20 March 2020
 

Watch the performance on:
UNITED NATIONS

UN Web TV (Featured Videos): https://bit.ly/2IZy6RE

 

 

In support of the

who-Global citizen Solidarity sessions initiative

 

 

In solidarity and support to all those who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and especially the most vulnerable among us – the elderly, the sick, those without reliable healthcare, and those on the edge of poverty – on Friday, 20 March 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), will launch a Webcast performance to pay tribute to all the outpourings of selflessness and love that have inspired the world in these uncertain times with.  All participating musicians will perform solo repertoire gems from their own homes, in encouragement of physical distancing to prevent the Coronavirus’ spread.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.

 

 

MESSAGES

H.E. Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

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


Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization

 

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

 

MUSIC PROGRAMME
 

Eastern Europe

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) Prelude
Arthur Hornig, Cello

Sindy Mohamed, Viola, Musician of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Ensemble

 

 

Western Europe

 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Sarabande from Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Hana Mundiya, Violin

 

NICCOLÒ PAGANINI (1782 - 1840) Variations
David Strongin, Violin, Musician of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Ensemble


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Bach Sonata in A minor: Andante
Johnna Wu, Violin

 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Partita No. 3 in E Major, Gavotte en Rondeau
Rohan Mundiya, Violin

 

GARIEL FAURE  (1845 - 1924)  Pavane
Amir Farsi, Flute

 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Bach Invention No. 13 in A minor
Sara Ferrández, Viola
Yamen Saadi, Violin, Musician of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Ensemble

 

 

Americas


TRADITIONAL SONG  "Amazing Grace"
Florrie Marshall, Viola

 


Africa
TRADITIONAL HYMN "Seteng Sediba"
Thapelo Masita, Cello

 

 

Asia
JOE HISAISHI (1950 - ) "The Name Of Life" from Spirited Away
Mai Fujisawa, Singer, Daughter of Joe Hisaishi

 

 

Middle East
Lubana Al Quntar, Singer and Star of Umm Kulthum & The Golden Era musical - Singing "Inta Omri"
           MONA KHASH PRODUCTIONS
 

FRANÇOIS RABBATH (1931 - ) Poucha-Dass

Sarah Favinger, Bass

 

ANONYMOUS (muwashshah, Andalusia (before 1492)) Lamma Bada Yatathanna (arr. David Yardley)

David Yardley, Countertenor and Medieval Harp

 

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

Vice-President:
  
Ms. Anne-Chris Visser

Public Relations Adviser:
  
Mr. Firas Kayal

Special Adviser:
  
Mr. Mohammed Shaker

Treasurer:
  
Ms. Ruxandra Ferascu

Secretary:
  
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 

Concert Videos:

United Nations Global YouTube

UN Chamber Music Society YouTube

 

Recordings:
Spotify

 

Social Media:

Facebook & Instagram & Twitter

@UNchambermusic

Contact:

United Nations Headquarters
UN Chamber Music Society

of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
c/o Ms. Brenda Vongova (S-3802)
New York, NY, 10017

 

Email: info@unchambermusic.org

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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