Pope John Paul II

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Airs Thursday, April 29, at 12 noon. A Celebration of Peace Through Music is a celebration of music and spirit, open to people of all faiths. Conducted by Sir Gilbert Levine, the concert honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis. Each musical work performed was selected to reflect the spirit of these three great spiritual leaders and their commitment to peace and brotherhood among people of all faiths.

Airs Wednesday, November 6 at 1 p.m. The man known as the Pope’s Maestro, Sir Gilbert Levine, leads the combined forces of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Chorus in a special concert celebrating the uniquely unifying, multi-cultural message of Pope John Paul II, which brought a great American city together in music and spirit. Taped at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, this special program includes performances of Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), two composers beloved by the Pontiff, among others.