The 2018 Vatican Christmas Concert – with the theme “Refugees” – will feature American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgwater, winner of two Grammys and a Tony for her work in jazz vocals and musical theater. Bridgewater has been a global jazz icon since the late 1960s and toured the Soviet Union in 1969 with the University of Illinois Jazz Band. She has released more than 20 discs.
Proceeds from the ticket sales for the 2018 concert will benefit the “Don Bosco Mission” working for the improvement of conditions for refugees in Uganda, and the “Scholas Project”, which aims to provide education for refugees in Iraq. The concert will take place on December 15th at 18.30 in the Paul VI audience hall in the Vatican.
Ever since 1993, the Paul VI Audience Hall has hosted the Vatican Christmas concert, during which a wide range of Italian and international artists perform free of charge. The concert has always sought to bring high-quality music together with solidarity, thus countering the stereotype of many a commercial Christmas concert by putting into action the message of the Christmas season, according to Vatican News.