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

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Friday, 21 February 2020, 4pm to 6pm

PERFORMANCE AT THE CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY
United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 4

Presented by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations

 

 

On Friday, 21 February 2020, between 4pm to 6pm, at United Nations Headquarters, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council will perform during the celebration of International Mother Language Day.  Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. The music programme performed will feature the languages and repertoire of Bangla, Navajo, Creole, Sanskrit, and Swahili – through music, which is a universal language.

 

 

OPENING REMARKS
H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations

Music performance by the UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, President, Artistic Director & Piano
 

Jennifer Cha, Violin
Amane Miura, Violin
Abigail Elder, Viola
Thapelo Masita, Cello
Sarah Favinger, Bass
Eva Ding, Flute
Brianne Morgan, Mezzo-Soprano


 

Music Programme

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

NAVAJO
NAVAJO MELODY  Diné Healing Song (arr. Elliot Lichtenberg)

CREOLE
CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ (1972 - )  The Haiti Project: "Symphony of Hope"
(arr. Lucas Richman for the UN Chamber Music Society)

SANSKRIT

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - )  Devipravaha - "Goddess River"  from The Drop That Contained the Sea (arr. Gabriel Majou for the UN Chamber Music Society)

SWAHILI

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

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:
  
Mr. Firas Kayal

Special Adviser:
  
Mr. Mohammed Shaker

Treasurer:
  
Ms. Ruxandra Ferascu

Secretary:
  
Ms. Yulya Vanetik

UNCMS Advisory Board
  Ms. Eileen Moon

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

Social Media:

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Videos:

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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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