Westminster Choir shares its music with the world

The Westminster Symphonic Choir runs through a dress rehearsal in the United Nations building for the concert to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the U.N.’s foundation. The choir was invited to perform the final movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. It was accompanied by the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Shinik Hahm. Sarah Chang, an award-winning and celebrated violinist from Pennsylvania, performed as well.

The Westminster Symphonic Choir helped celebrate peace with a private concert at the United Nations (U.N.) on Friday, Oct. 22.

The U.N. was founded in 1945 after its forerunner, The League of Nations, collapsed during the second World War. Representatives from 50 nations gathered in San Francisco for the United Nations Conference on International Organization, where they created the United Nations Charter. It was signed by all 50 nations on June 26, 1945, and officially came into existence on Oct. 24 of that year, which is now recognized as United Nations Day. Today, the organization includes ambassadors from 192 countries around the world.

The event was sponsored by the Republic of Korea and was attended by the U.N. delegates and their guests, including the Westminster choir. Before the performances began, they were all greeted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“Normally in this room, we talk about various differences among member states,” he said. “Tonight, at least, we are united in our appreciation of music and the joy it brings.  Let the harmony embodied by this orchestra inspire us in our work.”

The entire concert was recorded to be broadcast in the Republic of Korea.

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