2021 PBS Worldwide Holiday Special
2021 Worldwide Holiday Special
In December 2018, Behind The Mic produced a pilot episode of its 1-hour Worldwide Holiday Special, hosted by Cheryl Bentyne of the Grammy-winning Manhattan Transfer. The project, filmed in St. Paul, is a pilot for a national PBS special in December 2021.
The 2018 production featured eight vocal groups from Slovenia, the Philippines, Denmark, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. The production’s finale featured Ms. Bentyne performing “Christmas Time Is Here” accompanied by the 35 international vocalists.
Founded in 2014, Alton Accola is the artist liaison for Behind The Mic. The site is a global resource featuring video interviews with international vocal groups, educators, and music industry specialists. Accola’s career includes ten years as a choral music educator and twenty-nine years as the artist representative for the vocal quintet, Five By Design. The Minnesota-based group has performed internationally with hundreds of symphony orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and a 7-city holiday tour with the Boston Pops.
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In 2010, Alton Accola was responsible for pitching a pledge special, Five By Design’s “Club Swing” with Wisconsin Public Television featuring the vocal quintet. Accola was the exclusive talent agent for Five By Design for 29 years. The video is a “sizzle reel” produced by WPT in Madison.
Behind The Mic is a member of both the national and Minnesota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, representing over one million international educators, directors, students, and professional ensembles.
Behind The Mic specializes in creating experiential opportunities with global brand partnerships. The company has attended the sponsorship convention over the past decade.
The National Publicity Summit has provided Behind The Mic with the opportunity to meet talent bookers of broadcast, print, and social media. for promotional appearances.
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