Harlem Gospel Choir performed during the “Concert of Hope” Sunday, April 20, 2008, after which Pope Benedict XVI conducted Mass at Yankee Stadium.
“Harlem Gospel Choir is incredibly honored to be asked to perform, once again, for his Holiness the Pope,” said Anna Bailey, manager and co-founder of Harlem Gospel Choir. The Choir will sing “Oh Happy Day” and “Amazing Grace” and then join Stephanie Mills for a joint performance of “We Can Move Mountains.” Others set to perform during the “Concert of Hope” include Harry Connick, Jr., Jose Feliciano, and the Young People’s Chorus. The concert will take place at noon as the attendees are entering the stadium.
“We are pleased that Pope Benedict XVI is continuing the tradition Pope John Paul II started, by inviting the Choir perform” Bailey explains. Harlem Gospel Choir performed twice for Pope John Paul II, including once in Sala Nerve at the Vatican Christmas concert in 2003.