Events

 


UNSRC Chamber Music Society | Virtual Concert for Lebanon | Sunday, 16 August 2020

Virtual Launch:
Sunday, 16 August 2020
12:00pm EST (New York time)

Broadcast:
United Nations WEB TV

http://webtv.un.org/

Sending solidarity and support to Lebanon and its people in the face of the unprecedented explosion, on Saturday, 15 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

 


UNSRC Chamber Music Society | Virtual Concert in Celebration of World Humanitarian Day | LAUNCH DATE: Wednesday, 19 August 2020

VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH:
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
7pm Eastern Standard Time (New York)

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE ON:
OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF UN OCHA
https://www.youtube.com/user/ochafilms

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 Bridges International will perform a concert – to pay tribute to the bravery of aid workers around the globe who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around 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

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)

KINAN AZMEH (1976 - ) Meditations on Airports
Kinan Azmeh (Clarinet)

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

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

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

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

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

III. Molto Vivace

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

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)

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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