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United Nations Day, 24 October

2014 UN Day Concert: “Lang Lang & Friends”

Lang Lang in 2009 UN Day concert
Lang Lang greets the audience at UN Headquarters during the
UN Day Concert in 2009. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Press Release: PDF document

Date: 24 October 2014 / Location: United Nations General Assembly Hall

In observance of United Nations Day, a special concert entitled “UN Day Concert 2014: Lang Lang & Friends” will take place on Friday, 24 October 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the newly renovated General Assembly Hall.

The concert is organized by the Department of Public Information in cooperation with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation (LLIMF) and will feature world-renowned pianist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Lang Lang.

Performing with Lang Lang will be an international youth orchestra representing five continents, assembled especially for the occasion, to be conducted by Manuel López-Gómez. Manuel López-Gómez, as well as many of the youth musicians hail from the renowned El Sistema programme, which provides music education to children from poor social-economic backgrounds.

As such, the concert offers an opportunity to highlight the United Nations’ focus on youth and the education of global citizens. It also marks an important milestone during the yearlong global observance of the 70th anniversary of the Organization.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the President of the 69th Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Samuel Kahamba Kutesa. Actor and TV personality, Alec Baldwin will introduce the musicians.

The proclamation of 24 October as United Nations Day is an acknowledgment of the global efforts and achievements of the Organization since its creation in 1945.  The observance serves as an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of the United Nations and its family of agencies through the universal language of music.

UN Day Concert 2014: “Lang Lang & Friends” will stream live at 7:00 p.m. EDT via webcast at  www.un.org/webcast.

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