Today, as the world celebrates United Nations Day, the UN and the New York Philharmonic jointly announced that Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the Orchestra in a concert at the UN paying special tribute to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he prepares to conclude his 10-year term at the helm of the world body at the end of December. The concert will also be an opportunity for a musical welcome to his successor, António Guterres, who will take office on January 1, 2017.
The program will include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture; Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill as soloist; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. These powerful pieces will carry a message from United Nations Headquarters in New York City to the world, saluting the power of culture and the Secretary-General’s contributions to the work and mission of the United Nations.
“I am extremely grateful to Mr. Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for offering a concert in celebration of the work of the United Nations over the past decade,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We look forward to welcoming this globally renowned orchestra for this very special event which underscores the power of music to inspire and unite.”
“All of us at the New York Philharmonic believe that music has the potential to champion peace, understanding, and cooperation,” said Alan Gilbert. “I am honored to be able to perform at the United Nations in continuation of a long tradition, and to honor Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his many accomplishments. I also want to thank Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson for his support of this event and his similar belief that music can help make the world a better place.”