UN Chamber Music Society: Concert in Celebration…

24 October 2021


UN Chamber Music Society: Concert in Celebration of the 76th Anniversary of the United Nations

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24 Oct 2021

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On Sunday, 24 October 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert in celebration of the United Nations' 76th Anniversary. 

The programme will be musically representative at the regional level, as repertoire from all five official regional groups of the United Nations will be featured.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations' goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.


Opening Message

H.E. Mr. António Guterres
UN Secretary-General

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

(I) Americas

Lauryn Hill (1975 - ) "Tell Him" (arr. Reuben Allen for the UN Chamber Music Society)
Sara Marley (Singer)
UN Chamber Music Society: Brenda Vongova (Piano), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Bethlehem Hadgu (Viola), Jonah Krolik (Cello), James Quinlan (Bass), Jay Sawyer (Percussion)

Sara Marley performs "Tell Him" written by Ms. Lauryn Hill

Recorded by: Julian Miller, Ms. Lauryn Hill

Edited by: Julian Miller, Eli Heisler, Ms. Lauryn Hill

Additional Mixing by: Julian Miller 

Background Vocals by: Natalie Imani

(II) Africa

Onesimus "Viva Mandela" (arr. by RJ BENJAMIN for the UN Chamber Music Society; Written by Vusi Nova)
Thapelo Masita (Cello), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

(III) Eastern European
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873 - 1943) 2 Pieces, TN ii/22: No. 2 Romance in A Major
Amin Helou (Piano); Angela Boutros (Piano); Brenda Vongova (Piano)

(IV) Western European

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 - 1897)  Six Pieces for Piano, Op.118: 2. Intermezzo in A Major, Andante teneramente (arr. for Viola and Piano)
Jeremy Kienbaum (Viola), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

(V) Middle East

ANGELA BOUTROS (1994 - ) Dance of the Fire Rituals

(VI) Asia

Ricky Kej (1981 - ) "Wild Karnataka" & "Shine Your Light"
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Naoko Nakajima (Violin), Abigail Elder (Viola), Clara Abel (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

Featuring Special Guests
Ricky Kej (Synths), Lonnie Park (Singer), IP Singh (Singer), Varijashree (Singer, Bansuri), Pramath Kiran (Percussion), Siddhartha Belmannu (Singer), Wouter Kellerman (Flute), Fateh Ali (Sitar), Nate Horton (Drums), London McDaniel (Bass), Mzansi Youth Choir