A multi-cultural event was held to celebrate UN Day at The Bryant Library in Roslyn. The event opened with a prayer for peace, followed by a performance of “Autumn Leaves” by 13-year-old Nicholas Terbancea on saxophone.
Ed Duggar acted as master of ceremonies, introducing the musical performers and speakers.
Glen Cove poet laureate Victoria Crosby read a poem in tribute to young peace activist Malala Yousafzai and a poem calling for the end of gun violence, called “When…”
Then, Norman Dee on flute, accompanied by Josephine Chan Yung on piano, performed a beautiful melody written by British flutist and composer Ian Clark, called “Orange Down,” followed later in the afternoon by “Hypnotic,” another Clark composition.
Troy Wolfe, director of the education division of the UN–USA spoke on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the sustainable development goals that will start in 2016. He explained it as global to-do list, which has already improved millions of lives throughout the world by cutting in half the number of people who live in extreme poverty, cutting the mortality rate of children under 5 years of age, increasing the number of girls in schools and women in leadership roles, as well as improved sanitation and better water sources.
Ani Gregorian Resnick, director of Suzuki On The Island school in Manhasset, introduced her son Maxwell Resnick, who performed Bach’s “Sonata No. 1 in G,” on cello, then another young student Sophie White, performed Bach’s concerto in E major. Mahdokht Monasebian played a traditional Persian melody on piano. Crosby closed the program with her poem “Inter Faith Understanding.”
UN Day is sponsored by the Baha’i of Roslyn, though the efforts of Farideh Siapoosh, who coordinates the event each year. Two proclamations were presented to the Baha’i’s of Roslyn and the UN, on behalf of the mayor of Roslyn, John Dirken, and the Town of North Hempstead.