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UN Symphony Orchestra performs for the first time in New York
8 Jun 2012 -  Inspired by a similar initiative in another UN headquaters, a group of United Nations staff members in New York has found a common passion and skill in the background of their UN work.The UN Staff Recreation Council Orchestra is an ensemble of amateur musicians who work at the United Nations. The group has a roster of 90 musicians from 27 countries, representing 4 diplomatic missions and 17 different departments, UN offices, programs, funds and agencies in New York.Last month, the UN Symphony Orchestra performed for the first time. The orchestra headed by conductor Predrag Vasić sold out the United Nations International School’s auditorium, performing with two soloists Asuka Elias, clarinet, and Marc Weydert, trumpet. The main goal of the group is to amplify the United Nations ideals and promote peace, friendship and cooperation between nations through music. Vasić and the orchestra’s concertmaster Tanja Bernstein told how the ensemble was created and talked about their own relationship with music and the UN.The UN Symphony Orchestra is open to all who have the UN identification card and their families. Staff, their relatives, and members of Permanent Missions to the UN and other UN organizations in New York can be part of of the ensemble as long as they can read music.Read more about the UN Symphony Orchestra and find their Facebook page.
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