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Pope Benedict XVI Photo: AFP
Pope Benedict XVI Photo: AFP

Peace concert to be held in honor of pope

Performance to take place at Beit She'an amphitheater with theme of reconciliation and coexistence, to host many renowned regional and Italian performers

Merav Yudilovitch
Published: 05.04.09, 15:03 / Israel Culture

In a message of peace and brotherhood, Italian and local performers of all faiths will perform a peace concert in honor of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Israel, which will be held on May 13 at the Roman amphitheater in the northern city of Beit She'an. 


The concert, involving musicians, singers and dancers, will be broadcast live to 26 countries by the Italian SAT television station, whose reporters are accompanying the pope during his visit to the Holy Land.


A stage will be set up in the amphitheater for the event, designed by Italy's Pino Leoni and meant to blend in with the ancient surroundings. The masters of ceremonies will be Israeli model-actress Moran Atias and Julio Bazo.

Italian tenor Alessandro Safina to sing for peace


The event will be kicked off by a performance of the Community Theater Group of the Beresheet LaShalom Foundation, an organization in northern Israel with members from all sectors of Israeli society – Jewish and Arab, Muslims, Druze and Christians, religious and secular.


The group, established by Angelica Edna Calo Livne, who was born in Rome and received a PhD in Italian Literature, will perform with dancers from the Fresco Dance Company.


Fresco, founded in 2002 by dancer and choreographer Yoram Carmi, will perform a piece dealing with coexistence, danced to music composed specifically for the occasion, played by the Raanana Symphony Orchestra and the Gaya Group.


Other participants include Egyptian singer Samira Said, Italian singer Lucio Dalla, Israeli psychelic pop band Rockfour, the Magnificent Institute choir – made up of Israelis and Palestinian Muslims and Christians, violinist Francesco D'Orazio, and renowned tenor Alessandro Safina.


The central event of the evening will be the pope's blessing for peace and reconciliation. At the end, all of the artists involved will join together for a performance of "We Are the World", the song written in the 1980s by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.


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