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

PAST CONCERTS

Monday, 25 June 2018, 7pm 
Benefit Concert for Rohingya Refugees
Baruch Performing Arts Center


Message
From the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. António Guterres
to be delivered by Mr. Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights


Opening Remarks

H.E. Mr. Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations

Ms. Ninette Kelley, Director, UNHCR Office in New York

 

On Monday, 25 June at 7:00 pm, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, the UNchambermusic will present the Benefit Concert for Rohingya Refugees.  UNHCR reports that more than 671,000 Rohingya children, women and men have been forced to flee to Bangladesh escaping violence in Myanmar since 25 August 2017.  As a result, Bangladesh has witnessed the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.  The humanitarian situation could be greatly exacerbated by the fast-approaching monsoon season. All proceeds from today’s benefit concert will be directed to BRAC, one of the largest international development and humanitarian organizations based in Bangladesh.  


At the concert, a message from the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, will be delivered by Mr. Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.  The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, will be delivering opening remarks; followed by remarks by the Director of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in New York, Ms. Ninette Kelley.  The UN Chamber Music Society of the UNSRC is proud to collaborate with the Brooklyn Raga Massive, featuring the performance of Rabindranath Tagore’s "Amaro Porano Jaha Chae" ("All that my heart desires"), arranged by Craig Klonowski for the UN Chamber Music Society of the UNSRC.

 


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

  Ariel Horowitz, Violinist
  Johnna Wu, Violinist
  Florrie Marshall, Violist
  Meyanna Jiang, Cellist
  Craig Klonowski, Bassist
  BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist
  David Yardley, Medieval Harpist and Countertenor


In collaboration with the Brooklyn Raga Massive

  Mir Naqibul Islam, Tabla player

 

Programme

  TIN  "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)

  HANDEL  "Ombra Mai Fu" from the opera Serse
  DVORAK  Symphony No.9 "New World Symphony": II. Largo (Arranged by Craig Klonowski for the UN Chamber Music Society)

  FAURE  Pavane

  DE SERMISY  “Tant Que Vivray”
  CIRQUE DU SOLEIL  "Everything" from PARAMOUR (Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)
 
YARDLEY  “The Mask of Mystery”
  SCHUBERT
Piano Trio No.2 in E Flat Major, Op.100, D.929: II. Andante Con Moto
  TAGORE  "Amaro Porano Jaha Chae" ("All that my heart desires")
(Arranged by Craig Klonowski for the UN Chamber Music Society)

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 6pm 
UN Observance of World Refugee Day
& on the occasion of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment
United Nations Headquarters


Remarks

Ms. Ninette Kelley, Director, UNHCR Office in New York

Mr. Mark Lowcock, USG of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
H.E. Ambassador Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations
H.E. Ambassador Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations


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

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 3:30pm 
“The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War”
In commemoration of the official observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
United Nations Headquarters, CR-2

Hosted by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and the Permanent Mission of Argentina
 

Remarks
Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Martín García Moritán;

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon;

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Under-Secretary-General, Ms. Pramila Patten;
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict and Under-Secretary-General, Ms. Virginia Gamba;

 

The event’s panel discussion will include reflections on how the lessons of history can be applied to contemporary conflict and post-conflict societies, in which women and children released from armed and violent extremist groups struggle to reintegrate into their families and communities.  It will consider strategies such as enlisting religious and traditional leaders to help change harmful social norms and dispel the perception that these children and their mothers were complicit in the crimes committed by their captors.

The event will feature a short musical performance by the UN Chamber of Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council, which was founded to promote the values of the United Nations through the universal language of music. The voices of female composers, like the experiences of women in the history of armed conflict, and the countless children born of wartime rape, have been marginalized and silenced. For this reason, the repertoire for the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict will include the work of female composers and is inspired by feminist themes.

 


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

  BRENDA VONGOVA, President & Pianist
  ARIEL HOROWITZ, Violinist

 

Music Programme

  BEACH  Invocation, Op.55
  VIARDOT  Romance for Violin
  BOULANGER  Nocturne

 

http://www.un.org/en/events/elimination-of-sexual-violence-in-conflict/index.shtml

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 7pm 
Opening of Alfons Mucha: Shaping The Czech Identity
Presented by the Czech Center New York
Bohemian National Hall

 

The UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council is proud to perform repertoire composed by Geraldine Mucha, the daughter-in-law of Alfons Mucha, during the opening of the exhibition “Alfons Mucha: Shaping the Czech Identity” - on Thursday, May 31st at 7pm at the Czech Center New York’s Gallery in the Bohemian National Hall. 

 

The exhibition Alfons Mucha: Shaping the Czech Identity will celebrate the centenary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918 by exploring the artist’s contribution to the nation´s struggle for national identity and self-determination: Featuring the large-screen projection of his life´s work – Slav Epic, the first postage stamps, and banknotes for the newly independent Czechoslovak state.


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


HANA MUNDIYA, Violin I
YUKO SUNDA, Violin II
Florrie Marshall, Viola
Gjilberta Lucaj, Cello


MUSIC PROGRAMME
GERALDINE MUCHA (1917 - 2012) String Quartet No.1, Movement II


 

RSVP: http://new-york.czechcentres.cz/

Friday, 25 May 2018, 7pm 
H.E.A.R. CLASSICAL’S NEW YORK CITY LAUNCH CONCERT
History | Equality | Artistic Representation

 

Opening Remarks
UN WOMEN - Ms. Alison Rowe, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women
UN Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) – Ms. Kellie-Chandra Ognimba, Human Rights Officer

 

The UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council is proud to partner with H.E.A.R. Classical (History, Equality, and Artistic Representation), a new initiative founded by alumni from the Yale School of Music that promotes music by composers from diverse backgrounds, realigning the study of music with its nuanced history while expanding notions of what is considered conventional in classical music. 

 

This Friday, May 25th, you are invited to enjoy an exciting hour of music celebrating the accomplishments of female and minority composers including: William Grant Still, Ulysses Kay, Joseph Boulogne, Pauline Viardot, Lili Boulanger, Giaccobe Cervetto, Amy Beach, Juilius Eastman, and Yuko Uebayashi.


Performers
Adrian Daurov, cello

FELICE DOYNOV, flute

amir farsi, flute

JIYEON KIM, guitar

LUIS ORTIZ, piano

JONATHAN SALAMON, harpsichord

CORNELIA SOMMER, bassoon

LEO SUSSMAN, flute

BRENDA VONGOVA, piano
 

MUSIC PROGRAMME

William Grant Still - Bayou Home                                                
Ulysses Kay   Sonata - for Bassoon and Piano                                

Joseph Boulogne - Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano     

Pauline Viardot - Romance                                                       
Lili Boulanger - Nocturne                                                      

Giaccobe Cervetto - Sonata in D major for flute and continuo, Op.3, No.2

Amy Beach - Invocation, Op.55                                        

Juilius Eastman - Touch Him When

Yuko Uebayashi - Town Light                                                    

 

Friday, 15 May 2018, 2pm 
“PEACE IS…COEXISTENCE”
in support of the Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum

Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

and co-hosted by the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations and the Missions of Mexico, Kenya, Austria, Finland, Bangladesh, Philippines, Canada, Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Brazil and Indonesia, in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information
United Nations Headquarters, UN Visitors’ Lobby

 

Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

 

The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations’ 7th “Peace Is…” event entitled, "Peace is... Coexistence," in support of the Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum – will feature the live crafting of the ZEN-An Suitcase Tea Room, accompanied by a music performance by the @UNchambermusic, in collaboration with Ms. Shoko Aono, Director of @ippodogallery , Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki, Japanese architect and creator of ZEN-An, Ms. Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director of the UN Chamber Music Society of the UNSRC along with singer Ms. Mai Fujisawa, and Ms. Rona Tison, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations for @Itoen.  This event is co-hosted by Missions of Mexico, Kenya, Austria, Finland, Bangladesh, Philippines, Canada, Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Brazil and Indonesia, in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information.

 

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

  Mai Fujisawa, Singer
  HANA MUNDIYA, Violin I
  YUKO SUNDA, Violin II
  ANAT ALMANI, Viola
  ADRIAN DAUROV, Cello
  CRAIG KLONOWSKI, Bass
  BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist

 

Music Programme

  HISAISHI  "Reprise" from Spirited Away

  PRODUCER: CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ  Symphony of Hope (Arranged by Lucas Richman for the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council)
  CANNON
 Theme from Paper Lanterns

Sunday, 13 May 2018, 7pm 
The Heartbeat Project Benefit Concert

Providing music and math education for students on the Navajo Reservation


Opening Remarks
Remarks by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR)
Mr. Antonio Cisneros, Chief of the Equality and Non-Discrimination Section

 

All proceeds will be directed to The Heartbeat Project, which provides music and math education for Navajo (Diné) students living on the Reservation.  The project strives to create an atmosphere of cultural exchange in which the impact of American colonialism on indigenous peoples is acknowledged, and Diné music, cultures and customs are respectfully engaged.  Our environments must no longer be filled with hateful rhetoric and action towards minority groups, including indigenous people. This is an incredibly vital time for us to connect with the Native American population and share an experience of cultural exchange through music - a language of peace and understanding.  At the concert, learn more about the Heartbeat Project, Diné culture, and indigenous rights – while enjoying a beautiful music programme which will feature a Navajo Melody – the Diné Healing Song, arranged by Elliot Lichtenberg.

 

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

  Ariel Horowitz, Violinist
  Gregory Lewis, Violinist
  Manami Mizumoto, Violinist
  Jenn Chang, Violist
  Adrian Daurov, Cellist
  Sebastian Zinca, Bassist
  BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist
  David Yardley, Medieval Harpist and Countertenor

 

Programme

  VIVALDI  The Four Seasons Violin Concerto
     
"Spring" (La primavera), Op. 8, RV 269, 1st MVMT. Allegro (in E major)

      "Autumn" (L'autunno), Op. 8, RV 293, 1st MVMT. Allegro (in F major)

      "Winter" (L'inverno), Op. 8, RV 297, 2nd MVMT. Largo (in E major)

      "Summer" (L'estate), Op. 8, RV 315, 3rd MVMT. Presto (in G minor)

  YARDLEY  Lay Le Frain (We redeth oft)
  CIRQUE DU SOLEIL  "Everything" from PARAMOUR
(Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)
  DE SERMISY  Tant Que Vivray
  TIN  "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)
 
DE SERMISY  Au Joli Bois
  DVORKAK  Symphony No.9 "New World Symphony": II. Largo (Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)
 
Navajo Melody  Diné Healing Song (Arranged by Elliot Lichtenberg)

 

Cost: FREE. Donations welcome.  100% of all funds will be directed to The Heartbeat Project. 
For more information: http://facebook.com/theheartbeatproject2018

Saturday, 28 April 2018, 3pm 
HEAR THROUGH TIME

Presented by HEAR Classical from Yale School of Music
History | Equality | Artistic Representation

Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center


The goal of HEAR Classical is to realign the study of classical music with its diverse history and to promote, perform, and celebrate music by female and minority composers.  In the 21st century, classical music composed by female and minority composers continues to be marginalized and excluded in academic and performance settings.  We hold a responsibility to change this tradition.  You are invited to enjoy an exciting hour of music at Yale University, at HEAR CLASSICAL’s launch concert.  * The UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council is proud to partner with HEAR Classical – founded by an extraordinary Yale musician, Felice Doynov.  * HEAR Classical is proud to partner with the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council.

 

Performance by Yale School of Music musicians
  Alexandra Simpson, viola

  Amir Farsi, flute

  Cornelia Sommer, bassoon

  Dhyani Heath, violin

  Felice Doynov, flute

  Jonathan Salamon, harpsichord

  Leo Sussman, flute

  Lucas Guedes, cello

  Luis Ortiz, piano

  Vyacheslav Gryaznov, piano

 

In partnership with the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
(Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director)

  Ariel Horowitz, violin

  Johnna Wu, violin

  Adrian Daurov, cello

  Brenda Vongova, piano

 

Programme
Yale School of Music composers introducing each composer at the concert:

  Joseph Boulogne: Eli Greenhoe

  William Grant Still/Ulysses Kay: Tanner Porter

  Yuko Uebayashi: Anteo Fabris

  Elisabeth de La Guerre: Eli Greenhoe

  G. Cervetto: Alishan Gezgin

  Beach/Boulanger/Viardot: Fjóla Evans
 

Cost: Free admission.

 

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 7pm 
Haiti Benefit Concert

"Empowering Haitian women to lift their families out of poverty"

 

Opening Remarks by:

H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King
 Chair of the Caucus of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Permanent Representatives
 to the United Nations

 

All proceeds will be directed to Fonkoze, Haiti’s leading microfinance institution, which provides financial and development services to empower Haitians – primarily rural women.  Through Fonkoze’s programs and services, there are currently over 200,000 Haitians who have a viable and sustainable way to lift their families out of poverty. (https://fonkoze.org/)

 

At the concert, the music programme will feature the world premiere of the chamber music arrangement of “Haiti Project: Symphony of Hope” specially arranged by Grammy winning composer/conductor Lucas Richman for the UN Chamber Music Society to be performed on this occasion.  The “Symphony of Hope” project was originally produced by Grammy winning composer, Christopher Lennertz, and is a collaboration by 25 of today’s leading Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning composers to benefit Haiti. (http://www.haitisymphony.com/)

 

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

  Dasol Jeong, Violinist
  Yuko Sunda, Violinist
  Anat Almani, Violist
  Gloria Kim, Cellist
  Craig Klonowski, Bassist
  BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist
  David Yardley, Medieval Harpist and Countertenor
  Guillermo Vaisman, Singer

 

Programme
  DE SERMISY  "Au joli bois"

  TIN  "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)

  DVORAK  Symphony No.9 "New World Symphony": II. Largo (Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society by Craig Klonowski)

  FAURE  Pavane

  YARDLEY  “With words of ivory” (Lyrics: Clark Ashton Smith)

  DVORAK  Songs of Nature: Melodies steal into my heart

  CARLSSON  "Everything" from Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR (Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society by Seth Stachowski)
 
LENNERTZ (Producer)  The Haiti Project: Symphony of Hope" (Arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society by Lucas Richman)

   

* Concert is part of the UNSRC Club Aux Antilles’ Spring events for La Francophonie.

Photo credit: Georges Harry Rouzier / K2D

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5pm 
UN Observance of International Mother Language Day
"Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development."

United Nations Headquarters

 

Hosted by:

Permanent Mission of Bangladesh
Permanent Mission of Colombia

Permanent Mission of Fiji

Permanent Mission of Tangzania

 

In collaboration with
UNESCO Office in New York
Office of the Mayor of New York City

 

 

Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
DAVID YARDLEY, Medieval Harpist and Countertenor
YUKO SUNDAViolinist
GJILBERTA LUCAJ, Cellist

BRENDA VONGOVAPianist

YARDLEY   Lay Le Frain
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL  "Everything" from Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR
FAURE  Pavane
DVORAK  Songs of Nature: "Melodies steal into my heart"

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 11am 
Annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

"Holocaust remembrance and education: our shared responsibility."
General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters

 

The ceremony will be hosted by Ms. Alison Smale, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global

Communications.

 

Remarks by:

Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly

Mrs. Eva Lavi, a Holocaust survivor

 

Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
BRENDA VONGOVAPianist
JONNA WUViolinist
ANAT ALMANIViolinist
ADRIAN DAUROVCellist

WILLIAMS   Theme from Schindler's List
FAURE  Pavane
BLOCH  “Prayer” from the suite Jewish Life
WILLIAMS   “Remembrance” from Schindler's List

 

The theme of the Holocaust memorial ceremony will be “Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility”. The theme highlights the universal dimension of the Holocaust and encourages education on this tragedy so that future generations will firmly reject all forms of racism, violence and anti-Semitism. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.

http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2018/calendar2018.html

 

Monday, 11 December 2017
UN Human Rights Day
United Nations Headquarters
Hosted by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Remarks by:

Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly

Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

 

Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
BRENDA VONGOVAPianist
DASOL JEONGViolinist
LAURA MUNISTERIViolinist
ANAT ALMANIViolist
ADRIAN DAUROVCellist
DAVID YARDLEYCountertenor and Medieval Harpist


TIN  "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)

WILLIAMS   Theme from Schindler's List

YARDLEY  “White Iris”

Friday, 8 December 2017, 11am
International Day of Victims of the Crime of Genocide
United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council

Hosted by the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

Sunday, 3 December 2017, 7pm
Holiday Benefit Concert

Benefitting the fight against hunger
All Saints Episcopal Church

All donations will be directed to Food Bank For New York City.

 

Featuring classical chamber music repertoire, Broadway musical hits from Les Misérables, as well as special guest artists and Broadway musical stars.  At the concert, opening remarks will be delivered
by Ty McKeiver, Chief of Staff of the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs – delivering remarks on behalf of Ms. Penny Abeywardena, New York City's Commissioner for International Relations. 
The concert will direct all donations to Food Bank For New York City, which distributes 62.5 million meals annually to New Yorkers in need.

Opening Remarks:
Mr. Ty McKeiver, Chief of Staff of the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs
Delivering remarks on behalf of Ms. Penny Abeywardena, New York City's Commissioner for International Relations.


Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Pianist
Hana Mundiya, Violinist
Laura Munisteri, Violinist
Anat Almani, Violist
Adrian Daurov, Cellist
Craig Klonowski,
Bassist
David Yardley, Countertenor and Medieval Harpist

Special Guest Artists
Tom Lowe, Singer
Sarah Combs, Singer
Judah Gavra, Singer


HANDEL  "Pena tiranna io sento"
FAURE   Pavane
Løvland  "You raise me up"
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL  “Everything” from PARAMOUR (arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)
YARDLEY  “White Iris”
YARDLEY  “Man Be Glad in Halle and Bour”

TIN  "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Les Misérables 
    S
tars

      I Dreamed a Dream

    Empty Chairs and Empty Tables

    On My Own

    A Heart Full of Love

 

Cost: Free. Donations welcome.
All donations will be directed to Food Bank For New York City.

Contact:  Brigid Palcic at bpalcic@foodbanknyc.org

Designer: Ms. Karmen Kolombo

Monday, 19 June 2017, 6pm
World Refugee Day

United Nations Headquarters

Hosted by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)


Special Guests:
Mr. António Guterres
, United Nations Secretary-General
Ms. Ninette Kelley, Director, UNHCR Office in New York
Mr. Ben Stiller, UNHCR Supporter
Mr. Ahmed Badr, Former Iraqi Refugee, Founder Narratio
Christopher Tin, Two-time Grammy Award-winning Composer

 

Performing Artists of  the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist
HANA MUNDIYA, Violinist
ROHAN MUNDIYA, Violinist
JENN CHANG, Violist
ADRIAN DAUROV, Cellist
CRAIG KLONOWSKI, Bassist
DAVID YARDLEY, Countertenor

Featuring the World Premiere Performance of the chamber music arrangement of the opening theme from Calling All Dawns composed by 2x Grammy Winning Composer CHRISTOPHER TIN -
 specially arranged for the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council..

TIN "Baba Yetu" from Calling All Dawns (Chamber music enseble arrangement)

DVORAK  Symphony No.9 "New World Symphony": II. Largo (Arranged for chamber music ensemble by Craig Klonowski)

HANDEL  "Pena tiranna io sento"

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL  "Everything" from Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR

SCHÖNBERG  Stars (from Les Misérables)

SCHUBERT  Piano Trio No.2 in E Flat Major, Op.100, D.929: II. Andante Con Moto

FAURE  Pavane

DVORAK  Songs of Nature: Melodies steal into my heart 

Designer: Ms. Karmen Kolombo

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 7pm
New World Concert as part of the New York Philharmonic's New World Initiative

Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center

Hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, and the Czech Center New York.

Under the High Patronage of the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republich to the United Nations, Her Excellency Mrs. Maria Chatardová.

 

SPECIAL GUESTS
T
he Permanent Representative of the Czech Republich to the United Nations,
  H.E. Mrs. Maria Chatardová.  

Message of Maestro Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic to be delivered by Ms. Barbara Haws, 
  the New York Philharmonic's Archivist / Historian and Director of the New World Initiative

 

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

BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist
JOHNNA WU, Violinist
Hana Mundiya, Violinist
Anat Malkin Almani, Violist
ADRIAN DAUROV, Cellist
Craig Klonowski, Bassist

DAVID YARDLEY, Countertenor

A. DVORAK  Piano Quartet in E-flat Major for violin, viola, cello & piano, Op.87, B.162: II. Lento
A. DVORAK  Songs of Nature: This Day
J. SUK  Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 1: II Adagio
A. DVORAK  Symphony No.9 "New World Symphony": II. Largo (Arranged for chamber music ensemble by Craig Klonowski)
A. DVORAK  Songs of Nature: Melodies steal into my heart  
M. VONGOVA  Piano Concerto for the United Nations: III. Allegro (Arranged for chamber music ensemble)

Sunday, 29 January 2017, 7pm

Benefit Concert for Refugees

All Saints Episcopal Church

Message of the UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. António Guterres, to be delivered by Ms. Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

Remarks by Ms. Ninette Kelley, Director, The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), New York Office.

In collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).  
All funds will be directed to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society

BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist
ARIEL HOROWITZViolinist
ADRIAN DAUROV, Cellist
CRAIG KLONOWSKI, Bassist
DAVID YARDLEYMedieval Harpist and Countertenor

 

 

HANDEL  "Pena tiranna io sento"

MOZART  Piano Trio in C.  K.548: II Andante Cantabile

FAURE  Pavane
ANON  "Li chastelain de Couci ama tant"
CHIAO  "Blanket of Stars"

SHOSTAKOVICH  Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, Op. 67: III. Largo
CASALS  Song of the Birds

DOWLAND  "If Flood of Tears"

CARLSSON  "Everything" from Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR

SCHUBERT  Piano Trio No.2 in E Flat Major, Op.100, D.929: II. Andante Con Moto

Photo credit © UNHCR/Sebastian Rich.

Jordan.  Syrian refugee family living in Amman.

Portrait of Aboud (6).  He lives with his mother Amal (41) in Amman with his siblings Bashar (15) and twins Leen and Layal (12).  Amal's husband was killed back in Syria, when a bomb hit the bus he was travelling in.  She came to Jordan with only two changes of clothes for each of her children.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 8:45am
UN Global Townhall Meeting with United Nations Staff
United Nations Headquarters, Economic and Social Council Chamber (ECOSOC)

Hosted by the UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. BAN Ki-moon

Friday, 9 December 2016, 1pm
UN Human Rights Day
Roosevelt House

Opening remarks by H.E. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General.
Remarks by Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Hosted by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society

BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist
YUKO SUNDAViolinist
ADRIAN DAUROV, Cellist
CRAIG KLONOWSKI, Bassist

DAVID YARDLEYMedieval Harpist and Countertenor

 

HANDEL  "Pena tiranna io sento"
SHOSTAKOVICH  Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, Op. 67: III. Largo
FAURE  Pavane
CASALS  Song of the Birds

Friday, 9 December 2016, 11am
International Day of Victims of the Crime of Genocide
United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council

Hosted by the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Memorial to celebrate the life of Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed
United Nations Headquarters, Economic and Social Council Chamber (ECOSOC)

Remarks by the UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. BAN Ki-moon.

Artist: Ms. Megumu Tagami

Sunday, 20 November 2016, at 3pm
Concert to Benefit Families & Children through the Homeless Trust Fund
Lincoln Center
, Bruno Walter Auditorium
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (Entrance on 65th Street and Amsterdam)

A concert to benefit the NYC Department of Homeless Services.  All funds will be directed to the Homeless Trust Fund.
Special Guests: City of New York: Mr. Steven Banks, Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner
Honorary Guest: H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General.
Remarks: Mr. Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.
Poem reading by: Humans of New York
Special thanks: Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR

 

Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society

BRENDA VONGOVA, Pianist
Hana Mundiya, Violinist
Yuko Sunda, Violinist
ANAT ALMANI, Violist
ADRIAN DAUROV, Cellist
Craig Klonowski, Bassist

David Yardley, Medieval Harpist and Countertenor

 

R. SCHUMANN Quartet in E-flat Major for violin, viola, cello & piano, Op.47, III. Andante cantabile
G. F. HANDEL "Pena tiranna io sento"
G. FAURE "Pavane"
ANON "Li chastelain de Couci ama tant”
A. CARLSSON "Everything" from Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR
M. VONGOVA Piano Concerto for the United Nations (Arranged for chamber music ensemble) (World Premiere – UNSRC Symphony Orchestra – in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, at 8:45am
United Nations Staff Day Concert
ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters

Remarks delivered by H.E. Mr. BAN Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly, and H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Friday, 21 October 20 2016, at 7:30pm
Classical Music Recital at the Colombian Consulate

Consulate of Colombia, New York

Hosted by the Consul General of Colombia in New York, Ms. Maria Isabel Nieto.

 

Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society

Brenda Vongova, Piano
David Yardley, 
Medieval Harp and Countertenor

Ginevra Cucinotta, Saxophonist
Jilliane Say-Maranan, Soprano

Nilko Andreas, Guitarist (Guest)

Christine Kim, Cellist (Guest)

Thursday, 13 October 2016, at 6:30pm
Pearls of Purpose Concert for surivors of trafficking, abuse and violence
Asia DC, Washington, DC

Hosted by FAIR Girls.

Artist: Ms. Megumu Tagami

Sunday, 11 September 2016, at 7pm

Concert of remembrance for the victims of 9/11 and acts of terrorism

All Saints Episcopal Church, New York
Under the High Patronage of the Ambassador of France to the United Nations.  Hosted by AFFIN.
Opening remarks delivered by Ms. Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

 

Performing Artists of the UN Chamber Music Society

Brenda Vongova, Piano

Anne-Chris Visser, Violin

Anne Richardson, Cello

Gjilberta Lucas, Cello

David Yardley, Medieval Harp and Countertenor
 

With special thanks to CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PARAMOUR, the music program will include repertoire from Cirque du Soleil shows, kindly and specifically re-orchestrasted for the UN Chamber Music Society.

From left to right: Madame Ban Soon-taek, Spouse of the United Nations Secretary-General; and
Ms. Brenda Vongova, President of the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council.

Thursday, 30 June 2016
Concert for the Reception in honour of the Advisory  Council and Volunteers
  of the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations

The Residence of the United Nations Secretary-General
Hosted by Madame Ban Soon-taek, Spouse of the United Nations Secretary-General.

Monday, 9 May 2016
FAIR GIRLS “Beautiful Survivors Event: Put a stop to human trafficking."
New York City

Hosted by FAIR Girls and Nomi Network

Artist: Ms. Megumu Tagami

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
World Premiere Concert of the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council: A Concert Dedicated to Refugees. 
Hosted by Theatre 167.

Opening remarks delivered by Ms. Ninette Kelley, New York Representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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

Vice-President:
  
Ms. Anne-Chris Visser

Public Relations Officer:
  
Ms. Katarina Mansson

Special Adviser:
  
Mr. Firas Kayal

Treasurer:
  
Ms. Laura Munisteri

Secretary:
  
Ms. Yulya Vanetik

Designers:
  Ms. Megumu Tagami 

  Ms. Karmen Kolombo

Photographer:
  Ms. Sophia Ostapenko

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

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

Photo credit: Wikipedia

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