The Melodies of Christmas performance is celebrating its 28th year with performances by the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Chorale at Proctors in Schenectady from Thursday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 16. Funds raised from these performances support the Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders at the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center. CBS 6 will broadcast Melodies of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and noon on Christmas Day, and the Capital Region's CW will broadcast Melodies of Christmas at 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve and 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.
From left, CBS6 news anchors Michelle Smith, Greg Floyd and Liz Bishop listen as Neil Golub, president and CEO of Golub Corp., speaks during the Melodies of Christmas Thursday at Proctors in Schenectady.
From left, Lizzie Pelton, 9, Karen Pelton and Jack Pelton, 8, all of Salem, watch as Pete "The Magic Balloon Artist" Beeble of Troy makes a poinsettia before the show.
The Empire State Youth Orchestra and Empire State Youth Chorale perform under the leadership of Helen Cha-Pyo, left.
Sierra Propper, 4, of Rotterdam is greeted by Britta Kilbourn, 15, of Scotia, dressed as Belle from the movie Beauty and the Beast during intermission. Kilbourn and other members of the Girl Scouts from the Scotia-Glenville area dressed as gingerbread men, Disney characters and traditional Christmas characters as they greeted guests at the show.
Bonnie Williams performs as plays Mrs. Claus with the Orlando School of Dance, the Empire State Youth Orchestra and the Empire State Youth Chorale.
Bonnie Williams performs with the Orlando School of Dance, the Empire State Youth Orchestra and the Empire State Youth Chorale.