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A Musical Tribute to the Pope

A Musical Tribute to the Pope

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Today we honor the life and legacy of Pope John Paul II, and his love of music. We hear the voice of the Pope himself, from a speech he gave at the United Nations in 1979. And conductor Gilbert Levine, who had a special musical relationship with the Pope, shares his thoughts on the Pontiff. Then we hear Levine lead the Pittsburgh Symphony in concert at the Vatican. From that concert, we hear two pieces of music: first, John Harbison's "Abraham" for brass and voices, and then the opening movement of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2.

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