VIRTUAL GLOBAL LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONSThursday, 25 November 20219:00am EST (New York Time)WATCH THE PERFORMANCE: UNITED NATIONSUN Global YouTube:  http://youtube.com/unitednationsUN WebTV: http://webtv.un.org/ 

In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), will perform a concert dedicated to helping to eliminate violence against women and girls.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.  This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis, and we need a global collective effort to stop it. As COVID-19 cases continue to strain health services, essential services – such as domestic violence shelters and helplines – have reached capacity.  More needs to be done to prioritize addressing violence against women in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.  As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women, especially domestic violence, intensified – in some countries, calls to helplines have increased five-fold.

On this occasion, the UN Chamber Music Society will dedicate this concert to organizations dedicated to helping to eliminate violence against women: Violence Against Women aims to bring about societal change to members of the Palestinian society, especially women, by providing the right to a decent life, equality and equal.  Headquartered in Nazareth, the organization is committed to eliminating violence directed against women must be eliminated, as well as the conditions for women's oppression.  HACEY Health Initiative works to improve the health and productivity of women and girls in Nigeria and underserved populations in Africa.  Their programmes integrates health and economic empowerment programs, and addresses the root causes of gender-based violence by expanding opportunities to finance, counseling, and psycho-social support to women and girls across Nigeria. 

The concert will feature special performances from musicians of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, including violinist Yamen Saadi; the Karajan Trio of the Berlin Philharmonic, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and the Trio Joubran.  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 Remarks

Melissa Fleming

UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

UN Chamber Music Societyof the United Nations Staff Recreation CouncilBrenda Vongova, Artistic Director

Special Guest ArtistsViolinist Yamen Saadi from the West-Eastern Divan OrchestraKarajan Trio of the Berlin Philharmonic ●  Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh ● Trio Joubran

Music Programme

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750) Variation No. 23 from Goldberg Variations (arr. for String Trio)Karajan Trio of the Berlin Philharmonic:Sara Ferrández Castro (Viola), Maria-Christa Stangorra (Violin), Beata Antikainen (Cello)TRIO JOUBRAN  The Trees We WearSamir Joubran, Wissam Joubran and Adnan Joubran (Oud trio)

KINAN AZMEH (1976 - )  "Dance" from The Fence, the rooftop and the distant seaKinan Azmeh (Clarinet),  Kyle Sanna (Guitar),  Josh Myers (Electric Bass) 

CLARA SCHUMANN (1819 - 1896)  Romance Op.22, No. 3 for violin and pianoClaire Wells (Violin), Gorka Plada Girón (Piano)FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 - 1828) An die MusikNour Darwish (Opera Singer), Fadi Deeb (Piano)

BASILIUS AWAD (1994 - ) & ANGELA BOUTROUS (1994 - ) Arabic Dance
|Basilius Awad (Cello), Angela Boutrous (Piano)

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873 - 1943) Six Moments Musicaux, Op.16, No.4
Amin Helou (Piano)

RIAD ALSUNBATI (1906 - 1981) To the Beloved Country (arr. Yazan Alsabbagh)Yazan Sabbagh (Arabic Clarinet)GABRIEL FAURE  (1845 - 1924)  Les BerceauxYamen Saadi (Violin), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

Learn more and support organizations which are dedicated to helping to eliminate violence against women, such as:

Violence Against Women                                 HACEY Health Initiativewww.wavo.org                                                 www.hacey.org 


Yamen SaadiUN Department of Global CommunicationsArtwork of the PosterAbed AbdiKlavierhaus

Production of Fauré’s “Les Berceux”

Edward Bilous, Artistic Director and Producer of Virtua CreativeRebecca Dixuan Bai, Video EditorVERY SPECIAL THANKS

Video EditingSara Ferrández Castro