“The Magic of Christmas 2020” featuring Albany Symphony to air on Channel 13


The Albany Symphony and WNYT NewsChannel 13 are excited to announce their presentation of The Magic of Christmas 2020, which will feature Christmas and holiday music performed by The Albany Symphony Brass Choir and Symphony Percussionists, Capital Region youth and performing arts groups, and special guests. The television special will air on Saturday, December 19 (7 to 8 p.m. on WNYT, Channel 13) and Sunday, December 20 (4 to 5 p.m. on WNYA, My4) and will be hosted by Albany Symphony Music Director David Alan Miller and NewsChannel 13 Anchor Benita Zahn. 

Featured performers include: Albany Symphony Brass Choir and Percussionists (performing at the Palace Theatre), The Music Studio, Empire State Youth Orchestra Jazz and Percussion Ensembles, The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, Northeast Ballet Company, and students from the City School District of Albany. 

“During these challenging times, the members of the Albany Symphony and I are so delighted to partner with our friends at WNYT and Benita Zahn to bring the magic of the holidays to our entire Capital region community. We are thrilled to feature so many talented young people from throughout our region and the wonderful organizations that nurture them year-round.  We hope the whole community will join us in celebrating the beauty of the season,” said Miller. 

The television show was inspired by the Symphony’s popular live Magic of Christmas performances held annually at the Palace Theatre. Due to COVID-19, The Magic of Christmas has been reimagined this year as a virtual celebration. This year’s show will feature holiday favorites, including “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Sleigh Bells,” a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and selections from “The Nutcracker.”

WNYT NewsChannel 13 is pleased to co-present this production. “I view this special show as our gift to the Capital Region, and we are thrilled to partner with the Albany Symphony to bring an hour of holiday cheer to our viewers.” said Vice-President and General Manager Stephen Baboulis.

The Magic of Christmas 2020 is made possible with generous support from Price Chopper / Market 32.

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