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The Concert for Human Rights 2017

In close collaboration with the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Fundación ONUART is honoured to organize the Concert for Human Rights, to take place on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Chamber, at the Palais des Nations. The concert underscores the role of Art as a powerful contributor to the development of Human Rights and the Understanding across Civilizations.

Opening remarks

Mr. Michael Moller

Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Mr. Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli

President of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

Mr. Cristobal González-Aller Jurado

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos

President of Fundación ONUART


G. F. Händel

Serse “Ombra mai fu”

Mezzo-soprano: Huling Zhu

L. v. Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

R. Strauss

Four Last Songs

Soprano: Erin Wall

Conductor: Josep Pons – Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra
  • Josep Pons

    Born in Puig-Reig, he graduated from the Escolania de Montserrat. He has been titular and artistic director of the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España (2003-2012) – currently is the honorary director – and of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (1994-2004). He was founder and artistic director of the Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure (1985-1997) […]

  • The Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra

    The Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in Spain. During almost 170 years of history, the Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra has been directed by some of the greatest conductors, from Arturo Toscanini to Erich Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, Hans Knapperstsbusch, Bruno Walter, Fritz Reiner, Richard Strauss, Alexander Glazunov, Ottorino Respighi, Pietro Mascagni, Igor Stravinsky, Manuel de Falla and Eduard Toldrà, and […]

  • Gran Teatre del Liceu

    Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, was founded on the Rambla in 1847, being the oldest in Spain, and has continued over the years to fulfil its role as a culture and arts centre and one of the symbols of the city. Today it is publicly-owned (by the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y […]

This concert is officially sponsored by the governments of Spain, Switzerland as well as the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the City of Geneva.

This concert has been made possible through the generous support of: