This diverse program of traditional Christmas and spiritual songs, filmed at the papal seat of the Roman Catholic Church, brings the esteemed Natale in Vaticano (Christmas at the Vatican) concert tradition to television audiences outside Italy for the first time.
With the backdrop of the Vatican at the height of Christmas festivities, exquisite lighting and a cast of stellar performers, the program features the 120-piece Turin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Renato Serio.
The annual Natale in Vaticano concerts are performed at the Aula Paolo VI theater at the Vatican.
The Natale in Vaticano is part of the benefit project, "50 Churches for Rome, Third Millennium," which raises funds to finance the building of 50 new churches in the poorer suburbs of Rome.
The artists are not paid for their performances -- it is a great honor to be included in the concert. The tradition includes a private audience with The Pope for all participants the day before the concert
Silent Night - Sung by the cast
Mary's Boy Child - Tom Jones
White Christmas - Dionne Warwick & Sasha
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Manhattan Transfer
O' Holy Night - Sarah Brightman
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands - Joan Orleans & The Harlem 10
On Christmas Day - Bryan Adams
Ave Maria - Al Bano
Cuando Nadie Me Ve - Alexandro Sanz
Mater Jubilaei - Tosca
Glory Hallelujah - PSRC Gospel Choir
The Voice Of Maria - Dionne Warwick & Pierro Marras
The Christmas Song - Randy Crawford
The Lord's Prayer - Charlotte Church
Christmas Time - Bryan Adams
Hands - Jewel
Noche de Luz - Alexandro Sanz
Nella Fantasia - Sarah Brightman
O' Come All Ye Faithfull / Adeste Fideles - Dionne Warwick & Cleopatra
Away In A Manger - Dee Dee Bridgewater
Jeruselum - Amadeo Minghi
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Charlotte Church
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Jennifer Page & Chance Sgoggins
Amazing Grace - Joan Orleans
Happy Christmas (War Is Over) - Tom Jones & Cast