May 8, 1995
To the People of San Francisco
So many have come to the City to share their talents as part of the worldwide recognition of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, the first global forum with a goal of peace for all nations. It is my pleasure to be included in the UN50 celebrations, and I'd like to share a few thoughts.
The United Nations Charter was signed close by at the Herbst Theatre on June 26, 1945. The 282 delegates from 50 nations had the eyes of the world upon them and a universal dream of peace in the balance. Tonight's Moscow Chamber Orchestra concert date is especially significant, as the 50th anniversary of V-E Day on May 8, 1945. Uniting Russia and America again on this day is an eloquent reminder of the power for good that all countries share, when working together in cooperation and friendship.
Music is a powerful force of transformation. It can open the doors of the heart to the best in us, and this performance is a wonderful contribution to the UN50 celebrations. The success of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the unique appointment of San Francisco-born Maestro Constantine Orbelian as Conductor, represent the highest levels of artistic achievement between our two great nations.
The UN50 commemorative events give us an opportunity to reflect on the evolution of human relations and diplomacy. We now have access to more information and new ideas faster than ever before possible. As the borders of communication expand, I believe that past limitations of individuals and nations, will drop away.
Let us all do what we can to make this a world of truly "United Nations" in our lifetime. In the coming years of change of growth, the spirit of the United Nations can lead the way as a bright flagship of harmony and hope.
© 2004 Moscow Chamber Orchestra.