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PEACE THROUGH MUSIC IN THE SPIRIT OF JOHN PAUL CHICAGO 2012
SPECIAL CONCERT IN HONOR OF THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE
BEATIFICATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
to Bring Chicago Religious, Cultural and Musical Institutions Together Under the Direction of Sir Gilbert Levine

Chicago, IL (March 7, 2012) – A special concert in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II will be held on Monday, April 23, at Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue, at 8 p.m. Participating in the concert, Peace Through Music – In the Spirit of John Paul – Chicago 2012, will be ensembles from two of Chicago’s great musical institutions: the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and a quartet of internationally renowned vocal soloists: Amanda Majeski, Sara Mingardo, Antonio Poli and John Relyea, under the direction of Sir Gilbert Levine.

Sir Gilbert Levine, who has been honored with the highest Pontifical Knighthood accorded a non-ecclesiastical musician since Mozart, and who created this concert for Chicago, is joined in presenting this event by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, along with a host of Chicago’s religious, cultural and musical organizations including: Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, WFMT Radio Network, Pax Per Musicam Foundation, Polish National Alliance, Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Polish Museum of America, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, and the American Jewish Committee.

The concert will feature music that Sir Gilbert Levine, often called “The Pope’s Maestro,” has chosen to represent the repertoire that he performed on numerous historic occasions for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and in major cities around the world, including the Papal Concert to Commemorate the Shoah (1994) and the Papal Concert of Reconciliation (2004). Performed on the program being presented in the spirit of unity, particularly among Chicago’s Catholic, Polish and Jewish communities, will be Bogurodzica, an Ancient Polish Hymn, Edward T. Cone: Psalm 91 (1948), Bach: Magnificat, and Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica".

The concert will be recorded for broadcast on radio and television around the world.

Tickets will be available beginning Friday, March 16, through the Symphony Center box office, 312-294-3000, or online at www.cso.org.

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