Facebook Twitter

HIGH PAPAL HONOR GOES TO A JEWISH CONDUCTOR

SHARE HIGH PAPAL HONOR GOES TO A JEWISH CONDUCTOR

American conductor Gilbert Levine was awarded a high papal honor, becoming the fourth Jew in history to receive the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great.

The Brooklyn-born Levine was awarded the honor on Monday in Paris by French Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, who was born a Jew, lost his mother at Auschwitz and converted to Catholicism as a teenager.Levine became artistic director and principal conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987, the first American to conduct an Eastern European orchestra.

*****

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Birthdays: For Tuesday, Dec. 20

Film director George Roy Hill 72

Actress Jenny Agutter 42