UN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY Virtual Concert on occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust


VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: Thursday, 27 January 2022 9:00am EST (New York time)

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On 27 January 2022, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), will perform a virtual concert in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say "never again".

The classical music programme will feature Jewish composers, to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again.  It will also feature special performances from musicians from Maestro Daniel Barenboim’s West–Eastern Divan Orchestra.   In addition, the concert will feature artwork by Roy Nachum.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society carries out the United Nations’ mission of peace, understanding and cooperation, through the universal language of music. 





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

Melissa Fleming
UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

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


Music Programme

Avinu Malkeinu (An ancient Jewish prayer)
Ori Wissner Levy (Violin)
Performed in the Majdanek Death Camp, Lublin, Poland

GUSTAV MAHLER (1860 1911) Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor, IV. Adagietto
Hana Mundiya (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

TOM LOWE (1978 - )  Where Has The Love Gone
(Soliloquy by the Captain of the MS St. Louis passenger ship who was known historically for his efforts to save Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany)
Tom Lowe (Singer), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

MAX BRUCH (1838 - 1920) Romance in F, Op.85 (excerpt)
Jeremy Kienbaum (Viola), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

Shalom Aleichem (Traditional Jewish prayer)
David Strongin (Violin)
Performed in the Buchenwald concentration camp.




UN Department of Global Communications
The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme


Artwork of Poster:



91 x 74 inches / 231 x 188 cm


Reflection is a symbol of strength. The painting is a testament to human resilience and honors the victims of the Holocaust in everlasting memory. Based on reality and trans historical paradigms Nachum depicts hands reaching out in struggle. The painting reveals emotions from under the surface and the moment in time is immortalized. In Reflection Nachum sculpts raised Braille cells on the surface of the canvas. The use of this language deepens the relationship between the artistic process and the viewers participation. A vehicle to confront our existential apprehensions.  The result of the labor-intensive process is a visceral painting that reveals the underlying darkness. A powerful reminder of those whose voices can no longer be heard.