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Young People's Chorus of NYC’s Once Upon the Holidays, Pt. 1

Celebrate the music and magic of the season with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City—along with some very special guest stars—as they sing, dance and weave an unforgettable tale that brings the holidays to brilliant, shimmering life.

AIRED: December 24, 2020 | 0:27:22
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Francisco, are you almost ready?

Francisco: Yes, I'm coming,

but I want to show you something,

and I'd like your opinion before we go.

Okay.

Hey, what do you think? Does this is work?

Yeah, it's very festive. You look great.

Let's go.

Let me -- let me try one more.

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Okay, it's festive.

Oh, wow. Fun!

Oh, wow!

[ Both laugh ]

I'm so sorry. We're on our way,

We're on our way. I -- I don't know.

He's, like, trying on a bunch of different jackets

and, you know, it's -- it's fine.

We'll get there. We'll get there.

Nancy, Nancy, we're coming. We're coming.

I'm getting in a cab right now.

We're getting in a cab. We're getting in a cab.

I'm ready. [ Laughs ]

What are you waiting for? Let's go, come on.

Gonna be late.

Francisco, can you grab our masks?

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Lynch: And now a holiday program like no other,

"Once Upon the Holidays"!

Over the course of two incredible nights,

experience the magic and joy of the holiday season,

starring the amazing voices of

the Young People's Chorus of New York City,

founder and artistic director Francisco Núñez,

Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez,

a story by Tony Award-winning Broadway lyricist Lynn Ahrens,

narrated by Sarah Batts,

and Sofia Papoulis

with conductors Caitlin Henning,

Sonny Willis,

and Emma Hathaway,

with pianist Taisiya Pushkar,

choreography by Jacquelyn Bird,

and our very special guest star...

[ Laughs ]

...me, Lester Lynch.

We can't wait to share this musical journey with you,

all created in the key of looooove!

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Once upon the holidays, the world seemed very dreary,

with everybody stuck at home so cranky, bored, and weary.

Some people said, "Why celebrate?

There isn't much to do."

But then one child in Queens stood up and yelled...

That isn't true!

There's ways to make these holidays a very special thing.

We can't get on the stage quite yet.

All: But at least we still can sing.

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♪ What's the most favorite song to hear ♪

♪ That children love to sing?

♪ Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh ♪

♪ O'er the fields we go laughing all the way ♪

♪ Ha, ha!

♪ Bells on bob tail ring, making spirits bright ♪

♪ What fun it is to ride and sing ♪

♪ A sleighing song tonight

♪ Ho, ho!

♪ Jingle bells, jingle bells

♪ Jingle all the way, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open sleigh ♪

♪ On an open sleigh

♪ Jingle bells, jingle bells

♪ Jingle all the way, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, what fun it is to ride

♪ On a one-horse open sleigh

♪ On a housetop, on a housetop ♪

♪ Landing on a housetop with a Christmas tree to say ♪

♪ Oh, Christmas tree, oh, Christmas tree ♪

♪ How lovely, yes, how lovely are the branches on your tree? ♪

♪ With jingle bells on the Christmas tree ♪

♪ We're dashing, dashing, dashing ♪

♪ Yes, we're dashing, dashing, dashing ♪

♪ Yes, we're dashing through the ♪

♪ Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh ♪

♪ O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way ♪

♪ Ha, ha!

♪ Bells on bob tail ring, making spirits bright ♪

♪ What fun it is to ride and sing ♪

♪ A sleighing song tonight

♪ Ho, ho!

♪ Jingle bells, jingle bells

♪ Jingle all the way, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, what fun it is to ride

♪ On a one-horse open

♪ Jingle bells, jingle bells

♪ Jingle bells, jingle bells

[ Overlapping ] ♪ Ji, ji, ji, ji

♪ Dashing now through the snow ♪

♪ Jingle bells

♪ Dashing now through the snow ♪

-Ugh! -♪ Jingle bells

From South Street up to Harlem,

singers started joining in.

The ones who lived in Brooklyn gave the song a Brooklyn spin!

The Bronx was harmonizing!

Staten Island's hit the groove.

And here and there and everywhere...

...they found new ways to move.

They turned up their computers,

and the songs came blasting through.

All: We're all alive and doing fine songs,

and songs will get us through.

["Somewhere in My Memory" playing ]

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♪ Candles in the window

♪ Shadows painting the ceiling

♪ Gazing at the fire glow

♪ Feeling that gingerbread feeling ♪

♪ Precious moments, special people ♪

♪ Happy faces, I can see

♪ Somewhere in my memory

♪ There is joy all around me

♪ Living in my memory

♪ All of the music

♪ All of the magic

♪ All of the family

♪ Home here with meeeeee

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♪ All of the music

♪ All of the magic

♪ All of the family

♪ Home here with meeeeee

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♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

♪ Ohhhhhhhh

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Girl: Who can retell the things that befell us?

Who can count them?

What story will we tell?

[ Singing in Hebrew ]

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But once upon the holidays, one person wouldn't hear it,

refused to sing one single thing or join their cheery spirit.

Oh!

[ Grumbles ]

[ Sighs ]

They're just a bunch of kids.

They're not even mature.

When something's wrong, they sing a song.

Well, songs are not the cure!

They're so loud and noisy,

and they're having fun, to boot. [ Laughs ]

I much prefer the holidays

with all that noise on [mouths]

But then that child from Queens spoke up to all of YPC.

If anyone can work this out, I bet it's you and me.

Let's make a plan to help this man.

It shouldn't take too long.

Then hopefully he'll learn to see...

All: The power of song.

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[ Harmonizing indistinctly ]

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♪ Heaven full of stars

♪ Heaven full of stars

[ Indistinct harmonizing continues ]

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[ Indistinct harmonizing continues ]

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♪ Snow, snow

♪ Wonderful world of joy, joy, joy, joy ♪

♪ Jolly old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way ♪

♪ Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say ♪

♪ Christmas Eve is coming soon, now, you dear old man ♪

♪ Whisper what you'll bring to me ♪

♪ Tell me if you

♪ Joy, joy, joy, joy

♪ When the clock is striking 12:00 ♪

♪ When I'm fast asleep

♪ Down the chimney broad and black ♪

♪ With your pack you'll creep

♪ All the stockings you will find ♪

♪ Hanging in a row

♪ Mine will be the shortest one ♪

♪ You'll be sure to know, know, know, know ♪

♪ Snow, snow

♪ Toyland, toyland

♪ Wonderful world of joy land

♪ While you dwell within it, you are ever happy there ♪

♪ Childhood's joy land, mystic merry toyland ♪

♪ Wouldn't it be fun if we could stay forever? ♪

♪ Snow, snow

♪ Jolly old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way ♪

♪ Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say ♪

♪ Christmas Eve is coming soon, now, you dear old man ♪

♪ Whisper what you'll bring to me ♪

♪ Tell me if you

♪ Snow, snow, snow, snow

♪ Wonderful world of snow, snow, snow, snow ♪

♪ Snoooooooooow

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[ Notes play ]

[ Notes play ]

♪ Go and tell it, tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and share it, spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Now, children, go and tell it, tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and share it, spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Tell it everywhere

♪ Go tell it on the mountain

♪ Spread love everywhere

♪ O'er the hills go tell it

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ That Jesus Christ is born

♪ Go and tell it

♪ He is born

♪ On the mountain Go and share it ♪

♪ He is born

♪ Go and tell it everywhere

♪ While shepherds kept their watching ♪

♪ O'er silent flocks by night

♪ Behold throughout the heavens ♪

♪ There shone a holy light

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and tell it, spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Over hills go tell it

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ That Jesus Christ is born

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Go and tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and share love, now, children ♪

♪ Shout it everywhere

♪ And tell it, tell it on the mountain ♪

♪ Go and share it, spread love everywhere ♪

♪ Now, children, go tell

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♪ And heaven and nature sing

♪ Yes, heaven and nature sing

♪ And heaven and nature will sing ♪

♪ Sing, sing

♪ Joy to the world, for the Lord is come ♪

♪ Let Earth receive her King

♪ And let every heart, oh, prepare Him room ♪

♪ For the joy that you feel coming down ♪

♪ From me to you

♪ So prepare your heart

♪ And prepare it soon

♪ For the joy that's coming down ♪

♪ From me to you

♪ And heaven and nature sing

♪ Yes, heaven and nature sing

♪ And heaven and nature will sing, sing, sing ♪

♪ Joy to the world for the Savior reigns ♪

♪ Let all His songs employ

♪ While fields and floods

♪ And the rocks and hills and plains ♪

♪ Will be echoing our song of joy ♪

♪ With sweet refrain

♪ So prepare your heart

♪ And prepare it soon

♪ For the joy that's coming down ♪

♪ From me to you

♪ Repeat the sounding joy

♪ Repeat the sounding joy

♪ Repeat the sounding joy

♪ Repeat the sounding joy

♪ Repeat, repeat the sounding joy, joy, joy ♪

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♪ Singing joy

♪ To the whole wide world

♪ You sing up, you singing joy ♪

♪ To the whole wide world

♪ You sing up, you singing joy ♪

♪ To the whole wide world

♪ You sing up, you singing joy ♪

♪ To the whole wide world

♪ You sing up, you singing joy to the world ♪

♪ The Lord is come, let Earth receive her King ♪

♪ Let every heart prepare Him room ♪

♪ For the joy that's coming down ♪

♪ Joy to the world

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That was amazing. The show was so fun tonight.

I love the holidays, don't you?

Oh, you know I do,

but I couldn't believe how grumpy that guy was.

I thought there was just one Scrooge.

Well, it sounds like the children have something

up their sleeves to spread the holiday spirit.

I just wonder what it is.

I don't know, but if I know them,

it's gonna be something really special and really fun.

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Wow! Look at this.

Amazing. Oh, my gosh.

Let's have a snowball fight.

[ Laughs ]

No, no, no, no, noooo!

[ Laughs ]

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Lynch: Be sure to tune in Sunday night at 5:50 p.m.

for the next installment of "Once Upon the Holidays."

Where's it coming from?

[ Laughs ]

You won't want to miss it.

♪ Joy to the world, for the Lord is come ♪

♪ Let Earth receive her King

♪ And let every heart, oh, prepare Him room ♪

♪ For the joy that you feel coming down ♪

♪ From me to you

♪ So prepare your heart

♪ And prepare it soon

♪ For the joy that's coming down ♪

♪ From me to you

♪ And heaven and nature sing

♪ Yes, heaven and nature sing

♪ And heaven and nature will sing, sing, sing ♪

♪ Joy to the world for the Savior reigns ♪

♪ Let all His songs employ

♪ While fields and floods

♪ And the rocks and hills and plains ♪

♪ Will be echoing our song of joy ♪

♪ With sweet refrain

You get -- you singers have to wear scarves.

[ Speaks indistinctly ]

♪ For the joy that's coming down ♪

♪ From me to you

♪ Repeat the sounding joy

♪ Repeat the sounding joy

[ Indistinct talking ]

Hey, hey, hey!

Elbow, elbow, elbow! Elbow. Elbow.

♪ Look in my eyes

♪ Can you feel my hand is reaching ♪

♪ Give us hope and we'll show you the way ♪

[ Indistinct talking ]

♪ Give us hope, my voice is calling ♪

♪ Can you see? Look in my eyes ♪

♪ Can you feel?

-Oh, yeah! -Yo!

♪ Give us hope and we'll show you the way ♪

♪ Show you the way

Guys, this was a great day, right?

Good, yes.

So good, yes.

♪ Show you the way

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