L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION - 53rd Annual FREE Cultural Extravaganza on December 24

Three-hour cultural extravaganza on December 24

  • performed at the Music Center
  • broadcast live on KCET and KPFK-FM
  • streamed live at www.kcet.org

 



WHAT:
53rd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
– Bring the whole family to L.A.'s biggest, Emmy-nominated holiday show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. More than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free three-hour extravaganza. Even the parking underneath the Music Center is free. Some highlights this year: Invertigo Dance Theatre, celebrating the sunny weather that characterizes the winter season in L.A.; Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble, weaving the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl with Spanish in its choral presentation of a traditional Mexican Christmas song; Las Cafeteras, blending Mexican folk with Afro-Caribbean rhythms; Pacifico Dance Company, presenting folklorico dance from the region of La Costa Chica; Shakti Dance Company, celebrating the classical dance of southern India; Shin Dance Company, symbolizing the snowy mountains of Chang Bai with an ethnic Korean drum dance; and Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles, singing a capella, spiritual arrangements of holiday classics. Watch it live on KCET from 3-6 pm, and again from 8-11 pm. Hear it live on 90.7 KPFK. Stream it live at www.kcet.org. The L.A. County Holiday Celebration is a gift to the community from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Please scroll all the way down for a complete list of performers
and links to downloadable
, high-resolution photos.


 

WHEN:
Monday, December 24, 2012 from 3 pm to 6 pm

  • Doors open at 2:30 pm
  • Patrons may come and go throughout the three hour performance
  • Reservations for tickets to the show or parking are not necessary
  • Those who can't make it to the Music Center can watch the live broadcast from 3 pm-6 pm on KCET, stream it at www.kcet.org, or listen live at 90.7 KPFK.
    The KCET broadcast repeats from 8 pm-11 pm, and again on December 25 at noon and 3 pm


WHO:

  • Over 20 performing artists from across L.A. County (scroll down for full list)
  • Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
  • Produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as part of the Free Concerts in Public Sites program
  • Live telecast on KCET is produced by CDK Productions


WHERE:
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles 90012

HOW:
Information hotline: (213) 972-3099 or www.HolidayCelebration.org

ADMISSION:
FREE

PARKING:
FREE in the Music Center parking garage

OTHER:
Since 1964, the Arts Commission has produced a holiday celebration in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center every year on December 24th. The program honors the spirit of many cultures and holiday traditions through music, song and dance.

Artists performing in 53rd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration:

  • Colburn Children's Choir, a 50-voice ensemble of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, will perform holiday songs in Hebrew and English – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Colburn Children’s Choir.
     
  • Double G and Strings*, a six-musician ensemble formed by members of daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, will perform holiday favorites – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Double G and Strings.
     
  • Elliot Deutsch Big Band, an 18-piece contemporary jazz ensemble, will return to Holiday Celebration with upbeat, original arrangements of classic Christmas songs – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Elliot Deutsch Big Band.
     
  • Family Life Sanctuary Choir* is the Whittier-based finalist of the 2011 How Sweet the Sound Gospel Choir Competition – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Family Life Sanctuary Choir.
     
  • Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will return to this year’s program with holiday repertoire – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
     
  • Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a 20-person music ensemble of 11- to 18-year olds from Antelope Valley, will perform a classical handbell piece – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble.
     
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Choir* will perform traditional Filiipino songs celebrating the Christmas holiday – click here to download a high resolution photo of Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Choir.
     
  • Invertigo Dance Theatre* will celebrate the sunny weather that characterizes the winter season in Los Angeles with a new piece choreographed for the Holiday Celebration – click here to download a high resolution photo of Invertigo Dance Theatre.
     
  • Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble* weaves the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl with Spanish in its choral presentation of a traditional Mexican Christmas song – click here to download a high resolution photo of Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble.
     
  • Las Cafeteras* joins the Holiday Celebration program with music that blends Mexican folk with Afro-Carribean rhythms – click here to download a high resolution photo of Las Cafeteras.
     
  • Special guest Los Angeles Ballet* will perform “Waltz of the Flowers” – click here to download a high resolution photo of Los Angeles Ballet.
     
  • Mariachi Sol de Mexico will perform classic Mariachi holiday favorites – click here to download a high resolution photo of Mariachi Sol de Mexico.
     
  • Pacifico Dance Company will present folklorico dance from the region of La Costa Chica, an area of Mexico encompassing Oaxaca and Guerrero – click here to download a high resolution photo of Pacifico Dance Company.
     
  • Palmdale High School Choral Union, a 45-person chorus from the Antelope Valley, will present traditional and jazz-style holiday selections – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Palmdale High School Choral Union.
     
  • Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus, the largest and youngest choir on the program is known for their “choralography” and light-hearted holiday songs – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus.
     
  • Second Samoan Congregational Church Choir* will sing “E le aso fiafia” (Oh, happy day), a traditional Samoan holiday song – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Second Samoan Congregational Church Choir.
     
  • Shakti Dance Company* will present a celebratory classical dance of southern India, featuring percussive foot rhythms and colorful traditional costume – click here to download a high resolution photo of Shakti Dance Company.
     
  • Shin Dance Company will perform an ethnic Korean drum dance that symbolizes the snowy mountains of Chang Bai, a region bordering China and North Korea – click here to download a high resolution photo of Shin Dance Company.
     
  • South Bay Children’s Choir, an 80-voice ensemble, will sing traditional seasonal favorites – click here to download a high resolution photo of the South Bay Children’s Choir.
     
  • Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles* will debut on Holiday Celebration this year with a capella, spiritual arrangements of holiday classics – click here to download a high resolution photo of the Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles.
     
  • Vaud & The Villains,* a 19-piece New Orleans jazz orchestra, will debut on Holiday Celebration with holiday music played in 1930s jazz style – click here to download a high resolution photo of Vaud & The Villains.
     
  • Vox Femina Los Angeles, a choir of 40 women, will perform songs celebrating Christmas and Hanukah – click here to download a high resolution photo of Vox Femina Los Angeles.

* indicates groups new to the Holiday Celebration this year

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to producing the L.A. County Holiday Celebration, the Arts Commission provides leadership and staffing to support the County-wide collaboration for arts education, Arts for All; administers a grants program that funds more than 350 nonprofit arts organizations annually; oversees the County's Civic Art Program for capital projects; programs the John Anson Ford Theatres and co-produces Live @ the Ford on KCET; funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation; and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on ExperienceLA.com and SpacefinderLA.org, Creative Spaces for Creative People. The 2012-13 President of the Arts Commission is Mattie McFadden-Lawson. For more information please consult the Arts Commission online press kit: http://lacountyarts.org/page/pubnewspress
            

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