The show, designed by renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, will be synced live each night on iHeartMedia's 106.7 litefm at 7 p.m. from December 21 through December 24.
The iconic landmark has been celebrating the season by "unwrapping" surprise gifts all month long with an exclusive lineup of special guests and live performances. The all-new music-to-light show is the culmination to cap off the season with a colorful and exciting twist on a holiday classic.
The brand-new musical extravaganza will feature chart-topping acapella group Pentatonix, and their Grammy-nominated track, "Dance of The Sugarplum Fairy," from their #1 holiday album, That's Christmas To Me.
The stunning presentation will be visible to revelers and tourists from various vantage points around New York City and the Tri-State area. A video of the entire show will be posted on the Empire State Building's YouTube channel (bit.ly/ESBUnwrappedVid) immediately following the event for those around the world to enjoy. Fans should use the hashtag #ESBUnwrapped on social media channels to join in the excitement.
Throughout the month of December, ESB has been celebrating the season using #ESBUnwrapped to spotlight holiday lightings, surprise celebrity guest appearances and dazzling decorations. On Thursday, December 10, ESB provided a sneak peek of the music-to-light show with a live performance by Pentatonix in its iconic Fifth Avenue lobby.
"Through our partnership with iHeartMedia, our signature light shows set to music have become a spectacular sight illuminating the New York City skyline, and our holiday light shows are particular New York City favorites. This year the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia are happy to have Grammy-nominated acapella group Pentatonix share in the holiday spirit with all of New York City, and the world through our aerial video of the show," said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO, ESRT.
"Holiday lights on the Empire State Building and Christmas music on 106.7 litefm are NY holiday traditions," said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms at iHeartMedia. "We're excited to partner by syncing our holiday music to the tower lights, creating something special for New Yorkers while they celebrate the season."
Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Platinum-selling recording artists Pentatonix have sold more than 2.2 million albums in the U.S. alone, won a Grammy Award, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.2 billion views on their YouTube channel with over 9.5 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2. Their latest release, Pentatonix, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Current Albums Chart. The first single, "Can't Sleep Love" is rising up the charts and has over 11 million views on YouTube. The group also just released an enhanced deluxe version of their platinum selling holiday album, That's Christmas To Me, which features their recent 2016 Grammy nominated track, "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy."
All 7 of their releases have peaked within the Top 5 on Billboard's Digital Albums Chart with 6 of those releases reaching the Top 10 or higher on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Most recently, the group received 2 gold certifications for their "Daft Punk" medley and cover of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" ft. Lindsey Stirling. Their 2014 holiday album - That's Christmas To Me - sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U. S., which was the 4th best-selling album of 2014. The group released their very first documentary (On My Way Home) which follows the quintet on their sold out 2015 North American Tour featuring behind-the-scenes footage, life performance and the making of their debut studio album, Pentatonix.
About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the "World's Most Famous Building." With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions as the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, www.youtube.com/esbnyc or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.
About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world's most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company's office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2015, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 724,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.