Annual Assisi Christmas Concert To Be Aired on Christmas Day

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 02:00
Christmas concert

The annual Christmas concert from the Basilica Superiore of Assisi will be aired in Eurovision on Rai Uno on Christmas Day, after the Pope’s blessing Urbi et Orbi.

The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Rai National Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Steven Mercurio, with the participation of Nicola Piovani, Anggun, Valentina Varriale, Susy Sebastiano, Pino Ingrosso, Mauro Utzeri, and the chorus of Piccoli Musici, perform classic Christmas melodies in the evocative setting of the Basilica.

According to the Frati Minori Conventuali di Assisi (Friars of Assisi), organizers of the event, the goal of the concert, now in its 29th edition, has been since the beginning to highlight those values of peace, solidarity, joy and hope that should underline the Christmas spirit, as well as the Franciscan spirit that still emanates from the beautiful frescoes of the Basilica.

The concert will air at 12:30 pm (GMT +1).

[Note: the concert is not live, it was held on December 13.]