Delhi, India – On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, Music for Life International and The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women presented a Chamber Music Concert – The Scheherazade Initiative: Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Face of Violence, at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre.
The programme featured chamber music performances by Elmira Darvarova, former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Dr. Chandrima Roy Majumdar on the Sarod; Aude Priya Wacziarg (Soprano), Mark Kuss, Smithsonian Institution Resident Artist and Hesperus Ensemble Pianist and composer; and George Mathew, pianist and Artistic Director, Music for Life International, in works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Lili Boulanger, Verdi, Stravinsky, etc.
The programme also included introductory remarks by Lise Grande (United Nations Resident Coordinator India) and closing remarks by Dr. Rebecca Reichmann Tavares (UN Women Representative). Meghana Rao, (Deputy Director of Breakthrough – a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women) delivered the keynote presentation.
The concert was well-attended with over 380 people in the audience and received some media coverage. (See Press Section).