The UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) is a group of accomplished musicians and admirers of classical chamber music within the international community. Through performances by the Society, the passion and intimacy of the chamber music repertoire has the creative power to move audiences and help promote the universal values of the United Nations, such as understanding between civilizations, freedom of expression, and equality of rights. It has performed on multiple occasions for humanitarian purposes at the United Nations Headquarters.
Founded in January 2016 by Brenda Vongova, the UN Chamber Music
Society is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.
In October 2018, the UNCMS made its Carnegie Hall debut.
"Music is a powerful way to express commitment to causes dear to our hearts, and I commend the United Nations Chamber Music Society for
its continuous dedication to using music as a tool to support the values of the United Nations."
~ H.E. MR. ANTÓNIO GUTERRES,
SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
“We commend the
UN Chamber Music Society, which helps to promote the universal values of the United Nations, for its belief in the power of the arts to heal, and for dedicating this concert to music
~Maestro Jaap van Zweden and Aaltje van Zweden
Music Director of the New York Philharmonic
in his Message for the UN Chamber Music Society “Music Therapy Concert”
“Today’s concert by the musicians of
the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council reflects two of my greatest aspirations. The first is associated with the UN, an organization I greatly admire for
its decades of acting on the belief that what all of humanity has in common is far more powerful and far more important than any differences of culture, ethnicity, religion, or nationality … I
commend the UN Chamber Music Society for dedicating this evening to the Czech Republic and The New World Initiative, and for helping to promote the universal values of the United Nations.
Through the universal language of music, the Society echoes our own firm belief in the power of the arts to bring people and nations together.”
~Maestro Alan Gilbert, Former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic
in his Message for the “New World Concert” hosted by the Ambassador
of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, the Consulate General of the
Czech Republic in New York, and Czech Center New York
– as part of the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative.
(New York, 4 May 2017)
“Initiatives such as this concert by the UN Chamber
Music Society are critical.
I commend the Society for contributing their talents. They are using music – the language of peace – to advance the cause of refugee protection, raise awareness and promote the universal values of the United Nations.”
~ H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
in his message on the occasion of the Benefit Concert for Refugees
by the UN Chamber Music Society
(New York, 29 January 2017)
"The creation of the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council symbolizes our belief in the power of the arts to bring people and nations
together. I commend the ensemble for using the universal language of music to promote the goals of the United Nations and our shared values of mutual understanding and equal rights for
~ H.E. MR. BAN KI-MOON, 8th SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
IN HIS MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF THE UNITED NATIONS STAFF RECREATION COUNCIL AT A CONCERT DEDICATED TO REFUGEES
(New York, 26 April 2016)
World Premiere performance of the chamber music arrangement of the opening theme of "Calling All Dawns", composed by 2x Grammy Winning
Composer Christopher Tin - on occasion of the commemoration of World Refugee Day.
(UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, 19 JUNE 2017)
Photo Credit: UNHCR Photo / Scott Nelson
The Executive Council of the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
President & Artistic Director:
Ms. Brenda Vongova
Honorary Artistic Adviser:
Mr. Christopher Tin, 2x Grammy Award winning composer
Ms. Anne-Chris Visser
Public Relations Adviser:
Mr. Firas Kayal
Mr. Mohammed Shaker
Ms. Ruxandra Ferascu
Ms. Yulya Vanetik
UNCMS Advisory Board
Ms. Eileen Moon, Associate Principal Cello, New York Philharmonic
Professor Natasha Brofsky,
The Juilliard School
Ms. Megumu Tagami
Ms. Karmen Kolombo
Ms. Sophia Ostapenko
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
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