New York (December 12, 2006)–New York City has many holiday traditions, from the Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, but one of the most popular symbols of the season is the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The tradition, started in 1933, has grown to such proportions that the split-second flip of the switch now requires a two-hour national TV special, complete with celebrities, politicians and a sizable Yamaha- and Nexo-based audio system.
Martina McBride performed at the lighting of New York City’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, reaching the crowd via Nexo Geo S loudspeakers and Yamaha digital desks.Production Resource Group (PRG), along with the assistance from Illumination Production Service,s lent a hand during the event on November 29, providing Nexo Geo S line arrays and Yamaha PM1D and PM5D digital consoles to support such performers as Martina McBride, Lionel Richie, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Sting and Bette Midler. Also on hand for the event were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey of NBC’s 30 Rock; the event was hosted by the Today show’s Al Roker and Ann Curry.
All the festivities took place beneath the 88-foot, 9-ton Norway spruce from Ridgefield, CT, roughly 60 miles outside of New York. A full 45 feet in diameter, the tree is decorated with more than 30,000 lights and topped with a Swarovski crystal star; it will remain in place until January 8.