From Heart To Heart: Beethoven's Plea For Peace

Release Date 
Thursday, October 16, 2008


PITTSBURGH – WQED is the presenting station of From Heart to Heart: Beethoven’s Plea for Peace, a ninety-minute program co-produced by WDR Television in Germany and Peter Rosen Productions, Inc.

The program is distributed by American Public Television (APT) for national distribution beginning in December 2008.

From Heart to Heart: Beethoven’s Plea for Peace is a gala performance of Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemins conducted by Sir Gilbert Levine, who is noted for bringing the most challenging repertoire to television audiences. The concert was taped in the visually magnificent Cologne Cathedral with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Choir and a quartet of internationally famous soloists. This concert features a special program introduction from Pope Benedict XVI. Since the taping of the concert Jerry Hadley, the American operatic tenor featured prominently, passed away in the summer of 2007.

From Heart to Heart: Beethoven’s Plea for Peace was produced by Peter Rosen and Sir Gilbert Levine, both of whom also produced A Celebration of Faiths: The Papal Concert of Reconciliation and Crossing the Bridge of Faiths: Music in Memoriam.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED-DT; WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED-HD; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (; and The WQED Education Department.

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