Young People’s Chorus of New York City’s ‘Topsy-Turvy New York’ Nominated for a New York Emmy Award

By Chris Ruel
Credit: Young People’s Chorus of New York City

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) has been nominated for a New York Emmy Award. The nomination, in the Children/Youth (12 and under)—Short or Long Form Content category, is for their feature-length holiday special, “Topsy-Turvy New York.” 

“Topsy-Turvy New York” was set to an original story by best-selling author James Patterson and co-written by author and lyricist Susan DiLallo and author Richard DiLallo under the guidance of YPCs Founder and Artistic Director, Francisco J. Núñez, and Creative Director, Elizabeth Núñez.

The special was first shown on December 21, 2022, on ALL ARTS, an arts and culture platform by the WNET Group, which supports the PBS stations in New York.

In an official press statement, Nuñez said, “Setting this new holiday special to a story written by James Patterson was something very new for YPC, and we’re thrilled that this partnership resulted in a nomination for such a prestigious award. I knew when we were making ‘Topsy-Turvy New York’ that we were creating something special and reflective of New York City—I am honored that this nomination is a recognition of that.”

Patterson first encountered YPC while working on his book, “The Twelve Topsy-Turvy Days of Christmas.”

“It had to do with my favorite holiday song, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas,’” Patterson said in a press statement. “I saw YPC’s magical performance of the song online and, on a lark, reached out to them. The rest is musical—and I guess literary—history. They’re a fantastic organization, and it’s been a joy working with them.”

YPC, a leading choral organization known for diversity and high artistic standards, has helped children develop their talents for over 30 years.

The recipients of the 66th Annual New York Emmy Awards will be revealed at an in-person ceremony to take place at New York Marriott Marquis on Oct. 28, 2023.