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A Celebration of Peace Through Music

A Celebration of Peace Through Music is a special televised concert created by American conductor Sir Gilbert Levine that took place on May 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The concert features the Kraków Philharmonic Choir, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Washington Choral Arts Society. Through music, a language that supersedes all cultural boundaries, Levine leads these world-class vocal and orchestral ensembles in a moving tribute to Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis — three spiritual leaders recognized for their devotion to promoting understanding and peace around the world. A Celebration of Peace Through Music is a two-hour show that will be broadcast on public media stations nationwide in Spring 2015, particularly around Easter 2015 — Sunday, April 5. (Check local listings.)

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Sir Gilbert Levine conducts the concert “Peace Through Music ‘In Our Age’” at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on May 5, 2014, for the televised music special A Celebration of Peace Through Music. The program honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Georgetown University

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Sir Gilbert Levine walks on stage at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on May 5, 2014, to conduct “Peace Through Music ‘In Our Age’” for the televised music special A Celebration of Peace Through Music. The program honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Georgetown University

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Sir Gilbert Levine takes a bow in DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on May 5, 2014, after conducting “Peace Through Music ‘In Our Age’” for the televised music special A Celebration of Peace Through Music. The program honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings)

Credit: Georgetown University

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Portrait of Sir Gilbert Levine, conductor of A Celebration of Peace Through Music, which honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Tony Gale

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Archival image of Sir Gilbert Levine, conductor of A Celebration of Peace Through Music, with Pope John Paul II. The program honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Sir Gilbert Levine

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Crowds cheer Pope Francis during his visit to St. Joseph parish church in Rome on December 14, 2014. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP/Corbis

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A portrait of Pope Francis taken in Vatican City on August 5, 2014. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

 

Credit: Daniele Cataldi/Demotix/Corbis

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Archival image of Pope John Paul II as he attends a General Audience at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City on April 22, 2011. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Vatican Pool/epa/Corbis

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An official portrait of Pope John Paul II, taken on September 24, 1979. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II And Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Bettmann/Corbis

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Pope John XXIII gives a benediction blessing on November 1, 1958. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Bettmann/Corbis

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St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, where John Paul II was archbishop and one of the locations highlighted in Sir Gilbert’s program. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Pgkos

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The interior of St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, where John Paul II was archbishop and one of the locations highlighted in Sir Gilbert’s program. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Mcirek

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Tempel Synagogue in Krakow, one of the locations highlighted in Sir Gilbert’s program. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Dgies

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The Krakow Filharmonia Krakowska in Krakow, one of the locations highlighted in Sir Gilbert’s program. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Zygmunt Put

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Basilica of San Girogio Maggiore in Venice, one of the locations highlighted in Sir Gilbert’s program. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Andrea Palladio

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St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, one of the locations highlighted in Sir Gilbert’s program. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Pax Per Musicam

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Sir Gilbert Levine at the Vatican, one of the locations highlighted in the program. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Pax Per Musicam

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Sir Gilbert Levine at Tempel Synagogue, one of the locations highlighted in the program. A Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, and their shared commitments to world peace and brotherhood. Premieres Spring 2015 on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Credit: Pax Per Musicam

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