The United Nations published this video article, titled “Virtual Concert of the United Nations Chamber Music Society on the occasion of Arabic Language Day” – you can find their description below.
On Saturday, December 18, 2021, the Chamber Music Society (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert to celebrate World Arabic Language Day.
One of the most spoken languages in the world, Arabic is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. To celebrate World Arabic Language Day and the historic role of Arabic in the development of art and science, the program will feature a variety of popular and classical music from the Arab region.
The opening will feature ‘I Lift My Eyes’ composed by Christopher Tin, 2x Grammy Award Winning Composer – sung by Lebanese singer-songwriter Abeer Nehme. Throughout the concert, the work “Magic Carpets” by Saks Afridi will be presented.
The keynote address will be delivered by HE Mr. Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations and Chairman of the Arab Group for the month of December 2021. Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promote the purposes and values of the United Nations as a whole – through the universal language of music.
HE António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations
HE Mr. Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, Chairman of the Arab Group for the month of December 2021
UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, artistic director and piano
‘I Lift My Eyes’ composed by Christopher Tin, 2x Grammy Award Winning Composer
sung by Abeer Nehme, Lebanese singer-songwriter
Artwork “Magic Carpets” by Saks Afridi
CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 – ) ‘I look up’
Abeer Nehme (Lebanese singer), UN Chamber Music Society: Brenda Vongova (piano), Hana Mundiya (violin I), Jeremy Kienbaum (violin II), Noémie Chemali (viola), Derek Louie (cello), Kohei Yamaguchi (bass), Jamie Papish (Percussion), Sandro Friedrich (Duduk), Angel City Chorale
“Becoming” by Saks Afridi
GHIYA RUSHIDAT (1984 -) Izar
Hana Mundiya (violin), Rohan Mundiya (violin), Florrie Marshall (viola), Drake Driscoll (cello), James Quinlan (double bass), Brenda Vongova (piano)
“Woven Heart 2021” by Saks Afridi
Mary Kouyoumdjian (1983 – ) The Revolt of the Stars
Noémie Chemali (Viola)
“Woven Desert” by Saks Afridi
KADIM AL SAHIR (1957 – ) Eid al ashak “Lovers’ Day”
Flute Solo (Amir), Hana Mundiya (Violin), Rohan Mundiya (Violin), Florrie Marshall (Viola), Drake Driscoll (Cello), Alec Manasse (Clarinet), Tom Betsalel (Percussion)
“Illusion 2021” by Saks Afridi
United Nations YouTube Channel
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