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3 May 2011
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES CONCERT BY MAESTRO DANIEL BARENBOIM IN GAZA
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General is pleased that United Nations Messenger for Peace Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestra for Gaza, comprising musicians from leading European orchestras, performed a concert of works by Mozart today in Gaza. This cultural event, co-hosted by Palestinian non-governmental organizations, was attended by a wide range of Gazan civil society and students. Special Coordinator Robert Serry opened the concert, describing it as a “gesture of artistry, humanity, friendship and harmony”. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi welcomed Mr. Barenboim and the Orchestra at the Rafah crossing and was also present at the concert.
The Secretary-General appreciates the efforts of Daniel Barenboim and the many musicians who gave their time and talent to bring music to Gaza.
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