The Young People’s Chorus of New York City is thrilled to share that that part one of its 2020 virtual holiday special, Once Upon the Holidays, has been nominated for a 65th Annual New York Emmy® Award in the Children/Youth (12 and Under) Long Form Content category. The special debuted on ALL ARTS, a New York Emmy-winning arts and culture hub created by the WNET Group, the community supported home of New York’s PBS stations.
Once Upon the Holidays was conceptualized by YPC Founder and Artistic Director, Francisco J. Núñez, during a time when choristers and much of the world were in isolation during the early days of the pandemic. The special celebrated the sounds of the holiday season and shared the power of music and its ability to uplift even the most resistant hearts. Featuring an original story by Tony Award-winning Broadway lyricist Lynn Ahrens, direction by YPC’s Co-Directors Francisco J. Núñez and Elizabeth Núñez, the special starred distinguished baritone Lester Lynch alongside the voices of 500 young choristers.
“We are so honored to have been nominated for this prestigious award,” said Núñez. “When the pandemic hit, we really had to reimagine ways to work with our children around New York City. This special is so meaningful to us because we were able to bring our traditional winter concert into families’ homes everywhere, and choristers were able to share their re-creation of holiday classics online with the global community. To have Lynn Ahrens and Lester Lynch join us was also truly a holiday gift.”
The 65th Annual New York Emmy® Honorees will be announced in a livestream broadcast on
the New York Emmy’s website in October 2022.
We are so excited to share that Once Upon the Holidays can be viewed for free on ALL ARTS by visiting www.allarts.org.