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UN Day concert planned in New York on Friday
21 October 2008 / 04:09

[Dateline: New York | Author:  iSeek]

Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma | Copyright: Todd Rosenberg/Sony BMG Masterworks A concert by Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, acclaimed cellist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, will mark this year’s celebration of United Nations Day in New York.

Additional information about events planned around the world will be posted on iSeek later this week.

The concert will take place on Friday, 24 October 2008, at 7 p.m., in the General Assembly Hall.

United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 and in recent years, concerts have been traditionally held at UN Headquarters. 

The Ensemble was founded in 1998 by Yo-Yo Ma to promote creative cross-cultural exchange and learning through the arts.  The project takes its inspiration from the historic Silk Road trading route, using it as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

The Ensemble features internationally renowned musicians from Azerbaijan, Canada, China, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lebanon, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

Opening remarks will be made by Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon, President of the General Assembly Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann and Permanent Representative of China Zhang Yesui. 

The Silk Road Project will formally announce the launch of its 10th anniversary season on Friday at UN Headquaters, highlighting the collaborative partnership between the Ensemble and the United Nations, and their shared commitment to international relations and cultural exchange. 

The concert is organized by the Department of Public Information and is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of China.