Tribute concert to remember two Popes

Pope John Paul II and Sir Gilbert Levine

A very personal account of an extraordinary friendship: Jewish conductor Sir Gilbert Levine reflects on encounters with John Paul II - a man whom he believed God put on this earth to bring Catholics and Jews together.

Washington's Georgetown University and  a coalition of partners from around the world will present an historic musical celebration of the canonisations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis, at DAR Constitution Hall on May 5.

Sir Gilbert Levine will lead Carnegie Hall’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Krakow Philharmonic Choir, The Washington Choral Arts Society and soloists from the United States, Italy, Poland and Argentina. 

The concert title is drawn from Nostra Aetate (In Our Age), a dedication of the Second Vatican Council issued in 1965 on interreligious dialogue and the relationship between the Catholic Church and Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

To listen to an interview from America magazine in which Sir Gilbert reflects on his deeply personal bond with Pope John Paul II, and how it developed through love of music and sorrow for the Holocaust, CLICK HERE.

Read more: A Musical Tribute to the Two Johns (America)