Georgetown partnered with other D.C. organizations to host a concert, titled “Peace Through Music ‘In Our Age,'” which commemorated the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. The concert, which was last night at DAR Constitution Hall in downtown D.C., featured musical performances and speakers that highlighted the two popes’ legacies. A look at the celebration in photos:
“Peace Through Music ‘In Our Age'” featured music from Carnegie Hall’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Sir Gilbert Levine.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington opened the press conference, recounting the importance of and Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.
“It’s our turn to pick up where those two wonderful men had left off,” he said.
Sir Gilbert Levine, the conductor of the concert, spoke of the importance of music and its cross-generational and religious meaning.
University President John J. DeGioia met with Sharon Percy Rockefeller, the CEO of WETA-TV, and Claudio Bisogniero, the ambassador of Italy to the United States, before the concert.
Sir Gilbert Levine conducts Giuseppe Verio’s Messa De Requiem (1874).
Theodore Nisbett, boy alto, sings to Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms II: “Andante con moto, ma tranquillo.”