EBU marks UN Human Rights Day with unique concert

To commemorate UN Human Rights Day (10 December) the EBU is making available a special concert by world-famous conductor Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performed at the United Nations’ Headquarters in Geneva.

26 EBU Radio Members will air the concert entitled “For the Understanding of Civilisations and Human Rights” which was recorded on 31 October in the Human Rights Hall of the UN’s Palace of Nations in front of an audience including UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is made up of musicians from Israel and Palestine as well as other Arab countries and was formed to promote understanding, integration and reflection through music.

The concert programme comprises three symphonies composed by Mozart in 1788, three years before his death at the age of 36: Symphony Nº 39 in E flat major K.543, Symphony Nº 40 in G minor K. 550 and Symphony Nº 41 in C major K. 551, known as Jupiter Symphony.

The aim of the concert is to highlight, through music, the principles contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“We are thrilled to be able to distribute this meaningful concert,” said the EBU’s Head of Music Pascale Labrie. “Music stirs the soul and unites peoples so there is no better way to mark UN Human Rights Day than sharing this unique performance with audiences in 26 different EBU Member countries.”

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