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“Pope’s Maestro” to Discuss Nearly Two Decades of Making Music for Pope John Paul II

Sir Gilbert Levine, who served as Pope John Paul II’s personal conductor for nearly two decades, will present The Pope’s Maestro: 17 Years of Concerts and Trust at Duquesne University. Held in conjunction with the historic exhibit A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & The Jewish People, Levine’s lecture is free and open to the public.A renowned and distinguished conductor, Levine first became acquainted with Pope John Paul II in 1987 when, as artistic director and principal conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic, he conducted the papal concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Holy Father’s pontificate. Nicknamed the “Pope’s Maestro,” Levine spent the next 17 years conducting various concerts for Pope John Paul II, including the Papal Concert to Commemorate the Shoah in 1994 and the historical Papal Concert of Reconciliation at the Vatican in 2004 featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Guests at the Levine lecture are invited to tour A Blessing to One Another in Mellon Hall before and after the event. The interactive exhibit includes photos, video footage, documents and artifacts recording the groundbreaking contributions of Pope John Paul II to advance relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths.

The Pope’s Maestro: 17 Years of Concerts and Trust is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the United Jewish Federation.

7 p.m., Reception, 7:30 p.m., Lecture
Tuesday, May 30

Duquesne Room, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University campus

Rose Ravasio, 412.396.6051/cell 412.818.0234
Karen Ferrick-Roman, 412.396.1154/cell 412.736.1877

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