Founded in 1993 in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican as a tool to communicate the project “50 Churches for Rome 2000” of the Rome Vicariate and to gather resources for its realization. In preparation for the Jubilee, the objective was to build 50 new houses of worship where people from different cultures, nations and life experiences could come together. By the end of the year 2000 the project was achieved: some churches were completed, others were under construction, and others were designed and just awaiting the final permits to be built.
The Concert continued to associate itself with new charity causes and moved from the Vatican to other prestigious locations: The Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, the Filharmonic Theater in Verona, The Massimo Bellini Theatre in Catania, The Mediterranean Conference Center in Malta, The Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome –in the shadow of the dome of St. Peter’s.
The program is famous for being broadcast in prime time on various television channels on Christmas Eve: Raiuno, Canale 5 and Raidue.
Whatever location and broadcaster, the cast has always hosted true stars of both Italian and international music: Uto Ughi, Andrea Bocelli, Claudio Baglioni, Lucio Dalla, Renato Zero, Tiziano Ferro, Massimo Ranieri, Riccardo Cocciante, Gianni Morandi, Laura Pausini, Antonello Venditti, Edoardo Bennato, Elisa, Renzo Arbore, Pino Daniele, Patti Smith, Tom Jones, Dee Dee Bridgewater, B.B. King, Dionne Warwick, Miriam Makeba, Al Jearreau, Sara Brightman, Randy Crawford, Lionel Richie, Noa, Skin, Michael Bolton, Mick Hucknall. Individual artists, different symphonic choirs, American Gospel Choirs, Children’s Choirs and entire orchestras alternate on stage, all conducted by (with the exception of a few guest conductors) Maestro Renato Serio, also the author of the orchestrations and arrangements.
In 2017 the Concert celebrated its 25th edition returning to the Vatican in the Paul VI Hall and was broadcast by Mediast Canale 5. The 26th edition took place in the Vatican on December 15th, 2018 and was broadcast as usual by Canale 5 on Christmas Eve.
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