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Empowering youth in a time of pandemic- UN Chamber Music Society Virtual Concert


Virtual Concert in Celebration of International Day of Parliamentarism and the Foundation of the IPU on 30 June 1889.

9:00am EDT (New York time)

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In celebration of International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) – in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - will perform a concert in celebration and recognition of the role of parliaments in national plans in empowering youth who have been coping during the pandemic – ensuring access to education, addressing reduced employment prospects, social isolation, and the surge in mental health issues.

The concert will be launched on the UN platforms, and shared by the Member Parliaments, along with the other debates and discussions of the parliament held on the International Day of Parliamentarism. 

The music programme will feature musical works that represent an artistic tapestry of human experience, to provoke empathy and create a more interconnected world.  Founded in 2016 by Brenda Vongova, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music. 


Opening Messages

Duarte Pacheco 
President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Martin Chungong
Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

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

Music Programme

CHRISTOPHER TIN (1976 - ) 'Flocks a Mile Wide', Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Rohan Mundiya (Violin II), Abigail Elder (Viola), Derek Louie (Cello), Kohei Yamaguchi (Bass), Sarah Favinger (Bass), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Tom Betsalel (Percussion)

DAVID POPPER (1843 - 1913) Requiem, Op.66 (arr. for 6 cellos) Derek Louie (Cello)

JOHANN PACHELBEL (1653 - 1706) Canon in D Major, Hana Mundiya (Violin I), Naoko Nakajima (Violin II), Noémi Chemali (Viola), Noah Koh (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

DARREN HUANG (1997 - ) Threnody for the Victims of COVID-19, Derek Louie (Cello), Brenda Vongova (Piano)

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