Every Drop Counts. 40 per cent shortfall in freshwater resources by 2030 coupled with a burgeoning world population—according to current estimates—has the world careening towards a global water crisis. Recognizing the growing challenge, the UN General Assembly launched the Water Action Decade on 22 March 2018, to mobilize action that will help transform how we manage water. Water is critical for sustainable development. The issues of the eradication of poverty and hunger, the lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, drought and climate change – are all related to water. On this occasion, the UN Chamber Music Society will premiere Archimedes's Dreams, composed by American composer Evan Fein. Water is essential to life; its creative forces have shaped our cities, sculpted our landscapes, and washed away disease. It is engaged in an eternal cycle; the water we drink today may once have nourished the fields of Mesopotamia, or have been the vapor in a cloud painted by Monet. The horizons of today's seas are the same ones Leif Erikson and Magellan sought to peer beyond. They are reminders of a time when oceans were not barriers, but rather the highways connecting the world's peoples to one another. The work's title is an ode to the great ancient scientist, whose inventions continue to shape our relationship with water and remind us to approach this resource with wonder and humility. Professor Fein resides in New York City, where he serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School. He was named winner of the American Prize for Composition in 2022, was awarded the 2014 Palmer Dixon Prize for Outstanding Composition, and is the recipient of honors from the ASCAP Foundation, Boston Metro Opera, and the American Scandinavian Society. 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.
MUSIC PROGRAMME UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director EVAN FEIN (1984 - ) Archimedes's Dreams, Op.35 (Excerpt – tbc) (World Premiere by the UN Chamber Music Society) Hana Mundiya (Violin), Ethan Cobb (Cello), Saerom Kim (Clarinet in Bb), Jordan James (Horn in F), Brenda Vongova (Piano), Ruth Bennett (Harp)