Co-founder Daniel Barenboim leads the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a concert marking Human Rights Day on 10 December at the United Nations’s Palais des Nations in Geneva.
“It is particularly important for me to shape this concert on the Day for Human Rights with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra,” says Barenboim. “We are happy and proud to honor this day with its important message for the second time together with ONUART and the United Nations.”
The Divan was appointed a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in February 2016.
Speakers from the UN will open the concert; a video message from Ban Ki-Moon will be followed by remarks from Choi Kyonglim, the President of the United Nations Council for Human Rights, and Said Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Barenboim will conduct the Divan in Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Kian Soltani alongside Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.