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Christmas Concert Recorded in Basilica Dec 17 to be Transmitted Dec 25

The 31st edition of the Christmas Concert of the Sacred Convent of Assisi, recorded December 17 in the Upper Basilica, will be broadcast December 25 in Eurovision on Rai 1 at 12:30 pm after the Urbi et Orbi Blessing of Pope Francis. The Concert, conducted by Maestro William Eddins, will include performances by the fifteen-year-old violin prodigy, Ziyu He, and The Swingles. To accompany the artists is the National RAI Symphony Orchestra, the children's choir, “I Piccoli Musici” and “Coenobium Vocale”, a male vocal concert group of ancient and contemporary music literature, directed by the Maestri Mario Mora and Maria Dal Bianco, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombiawho received the Peace Prize for his part in the reconciliation process with the FARC, will receive the Lamp of Peace of St. Francis at the Concert.


  • Franz Gruber (1787 - 1863), Silent Night: Franz Gruber, Stille Nacht, for Chorus and Orchestra: Orchestration of Giancarlo Gazzani

  • Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), Concerto Grosso

  • John Rutter (1945), For the Beauty of the Earth

  • Il'jc Piotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) / Duke Ellington (1899-1974), Nutcracker Suite Overture: Orchestration of Jeff Tyzyk

  • Il'jc Piotr Tchaikovsky, Danse cosaque (Gopak)from Mazeppa

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major K216

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Magnificat Anima Mea Dominum, Magnificat, BWV 243.

  • Traditional, Gabriel's Message

  • Il'jc Piotr Tchaikovsky, The Kings: Arrangement of J. Goldsmith-Eteson and C. Wheeler

  • Adolphe Adam (1803-1856), O Holy Night (Minuit, Chrétiens)

  • Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Introduzione e rondò capriccioso for violin and orchestra

  • Piotr Tchaikovsky Il'jc / Duke Ellington Nutcracker Suite. Dance of the Floreadores

  • Traditional, Carol Medley: Arrangement of J. Rathbone


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