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U.S. Premiere of the 7th Public Television Special by Princeton University Alumnus Sir Gilbert Levine '71 set for February 26 at 8 P.M. in Taplin Auditorium

January 30, 2008

The video “From Heart to Heart: Beethoven’s Plea for Peace” featuring Maestro Gilbert Levine’s performance of the complete Beethoven Missa Solemnis (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & London Philharmonic Choir both specially flown to Cologne for this concert) will occur Tuesday, February 26th. The free 8:00 p.m. screening will be in the Frank E. Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall. The international quartet of soloists is the Polish soprano Bozena Harasimowicz, the Finnish mezzo Monica Groop, the great, late and dearly missed, American tenor Jerry Hadley, and German basso Franz-Josef Selig.

The concert was first broadcast in Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) by WDR West German Television and 3SAT. Dr. Lothar Mattner, the German producer of that European telecast will accompany Sir Gilbert Levine to Princeton. States Levine, “in association with the Emmy-Award winning documentarian Peter Rosen, I then created, from that European broadcast, the new PBS+ program which will have it’s premiere screening at Princeton on February 26th. For this enhanced North American show, we have added to the viewer’s overall television experience by including many shots of the magnificent art and architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and by on-air presentations by myself and, in a very special appearance, a talk about Missa Solemnis by His Holiness Pope Benedict.

Syndicated by PBS+ in association with WQED/Multimedia Pittsburgh, ”From Heart to Heart” is scheduled to air on WETA in Washington on Sunday April 13th, and on WNET THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 20th, both dates to coincide with the visit of Pope Benedict to those cities during that period. It will air on Public Television stations nationwide thereafter.

Since 1997 Maestro Levine has worked with three of the premier orchestras in London —the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Philharmonic — on projects involving tours, recordings and television. In recent years, he has also enjoyed collaborating with the Montreal Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s.

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