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FREE ‘59th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration’ is a Seasonal Music and Dance Spectacular Perfect for the Whole Family!
By Sentinel News Service
  • Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum (Photo by Timothy Norris)

    Broadcast Live on PBS SoCal and KCET

  •  Performed Live at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • Streamed Live at pbssocal.org

WHAT:
L.A.’s largest holiday celebration is perfect for the whole family!. Join this year’s co-hosts, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actor Brian White(upcoming 2019 series “Ambitions,” “Bronx SIU,” “Ray Donovan”), as over 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free, three-hour holiday show. PBS SoCal and KCET will broadcast this beloved program.

Highlights of the 59th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration include the Daniel Ho & Halau Keali’i o Nalani, performing Ho’s original songs in English and Hawaiian with captivating hula choreography; Le Ballet Dembaya, a professional West African drum and dance company; Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts, a Filipino dance company noted for its extensive dance repertoire, costumes and music ensembles, Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum, a diverse choir that appeals to people from all walks of life with upbeat, inspirational and positive hymns, including traditional, contemporary, hip-hop, R&B, Christian and gospel; and Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, a multicultural, all-female ensemble that continues to push and expand the scope of Mariachi music.

New groups to the show include Infinite Flow – An Inclusive Dance Company, America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company; Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, the largest majority African American orchestra in the country; Pasadena Girls’ Choir, a newly formed voice ensemble under the musical direction of Barbara Allen, whose past choirs have performed on television’s  “America’s Got Talent” and “Dancing With The Stars,” as well as at numerous L.A. County Holiday Celebrations; Paso de Oro Dance Company, performing regional dances in celebration of Mexican and Latin culture; and Tres Souls, a band that relives the vintage sounds and songs of the 1940s-1960s Bolero style popularized during the golden era of Mexican cinema.

Those who can’t make it to The Music Center on Dec. 24 can watch the live broadcast on PBS SoCal and KCET or online at pbssocal.org. The program will encore on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and will also air on PBS SoCal 2 on Dec. 25 at 3 a.m., 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Dec. 26 at 11 a.m.

WHEN:
Monday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
• Patrons may come and go throughout the three-hour performance.
• A live broadcast of the show airs from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on PBS SoCal and KCET
• Live streaming at pbssocal.org
• The PBS SoCal and KCET broadcast will encore on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and will also air on PBS SoCal 2 on Dec. 25 at 3 a.m., 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Dec. 26 at 11 a.m.

WHO:
• Performing artists from across Los Angeles County (see below for complete list)
• Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
• A presentation of The Music Center produced in association with CDK Productions 
• Live telecast on PBS SoCal and KCET

WHERE:
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

ADMISSION:
FREE; no reservations or tickets to the show; first come, first seated.

PARKING:
FREE in The Music Center parking garage.

ARTISTS PERFORMING IN 59th ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:

• Citrus Singers is a 45-member a cappella and handbell ensemble from Citrus College.

 Colburn Concert Choir and the Young Men’s Chorus are the advanced vocal ensembles of the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

 Daniel Ho & Halau Keali’i o Nalani performs Ho’s original songs in English and Hawaiian with captivating hula choreography.

• Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles returns to the Holiday Celebration for the 24th year in a row to perform delightful new treatments of holiday songs.

• Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a music ensemble of 11-to-18-year-olds representing the communities of Acton and Agua Dulce, will perform iconic holiday classics.

• Immaculate Heart of Mary and Precious Blood School Children’s Choir is a dynamic Filipino youth ensemble with an arsenal of multi-genre repertoire in Tagalog and English.

• Infinite Flow – An Inclusive Dance Company is America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company.

• Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles is the largest majority African American orchestra in the country, teaching inner city youth the great music of the world.

• Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy is the official Korean cultural ambassador to Southern California.

• Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts is a Filipino dance company noted for its extensive dance repertoire, costumes and music ensembles.

• Le Ballet Dembaya is a professional West African drum and dance company.

 Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum is a diverse choir that appeals to people from all walks of life with upbeat, inspirational and positive hymns, including traditional, contemporary, hip-hop, R&B, Christian and gospel.

 Los Angeles Chamber Choir performs classical, modern and sacred choral works from various periods.

• Los Robles Master Chorale is one of Southern California’s premier choirs hailed for its remarkable sound, striking versatility and commitment to commissioning new choral works.

• Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea is a multicultural, all-female ensemble that continues to push and expand the scope of Mariachi music.

• MUSYCA Children’s Choir brings together gifted young people ages four-to-18 to create a community of singers built on respect, love for music and artistic excellence.

• Pacifico Dance Company is dedicated to the preservation and reconstruction of classical and contemporary Mexican dance forms.

 Pasadena Girls’ Choir is a newly formed voice ensemble under the musical direction of Barbara Allen, whose choirs who have performed on television’s America’s Got Talent and Dancing With The Stars, as well as at numerous L.A. County Holiday Celebrations.

 Paso de Oro Dance Company performs regional dances in celebration of Mexican and Latin culture.

• The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles is a professional ensemble dedicated to keeping alive the Negro spiritual along with jazz, blues and original gospel works.

 Tres Souls is a band that relives the vintage sounds and songs of the 1940s-1960s Bolero style popularized during the golden era of Mexican cinema.

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