Culver City’s Pacifico Dance Company, presenting folklorico dance from the region of La Costa Chica, an area of Mexico encompassing Oaxaca and Guerrero; Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles, debuting on Holiday Celebration this year with a capella, spiritual arrangements of holiday classics, and Vox Femina Los Angeles, a choir of 40 women, performing songs celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah will take part in this year’s free L.A. County Holiday Celebration on Dec. 24 from 3-6 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The three-hour extravaganza will also be streamed lived on KCET.
The 53rd Annual free L.A. County Holiday Celebration will include more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A.
You can attend the concert at 135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, or watch the live stream 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.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. No reservations necessary.
The holiday show is produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as part of the Free Concerts in Public Sites program. The complete list of performers is as follows:
- Colburn Children's Choir, a 50-voice ensemble of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, will perform holiday songs in Hebrew and English.
- Double G and Strings*, a six-musician ensemble formed by members of daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, will perform holiday favorites.
- Elliot Deutsch Big Band, an 18-piece contemporary jazz ensemble, will return to Holiday Celebration with upbeat, original arrangements of classic Christmas songs.
- Family Life Sanctuary Choir* is the Whittier-based finalist of the 2011 How Sweet the Sound Gospel Choir Competition.
- Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will return to this year’s program with holiday repertoire.
- Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a 20-person music ensemble of 11- to 18-year olds from Antelope Valley, will perform a classical handbell piece.
- Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Choir* will perform traditional Filiipino songs celebrating the Christmas holiday.
- 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.
- Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble* weaves the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl with Spanish in its choral presentation of a traditional Mexican Christmas song.
- Las Cafeteras* joins the Holiday Celebration program with music that blends Mexican folk with Afro-Carribean rhythms.
- Special guest Los Angeles Ballet* will perform “Waltz of the Flowers.”
- Mariachi Sol de Mexico will perform classic Mariachi holiday favorites.
- Pacifico Dance Company will present folklorico dance from the region of La Costa Chica, an area of Mexico encompassing Oaxaca and Guerrero.
- Palmdale High School Choral Union, a 45-person chorus from the Antelope Valley, will present traditional and jazz-style holiday selections.
- Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus, the largest and youngest choir on the program is known for their “choralography” and light-hearted holiday songs.
- Second Samoan Congregational Church Choir* will sing “E le aso fiafia” (Oh, happy day), a traditional Samoan holiday song.
- Shakti Dance Company* will present a celebratory classical dance of southern India, featuring percussive foot rhythms and colorful traditional costume.
- 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.
- South Bay Children’s Choir, an 80-voice ensemble, will sing traditional seasonal favorites.
- Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles* will debut on Holiday Celebration this year with a capella, spiritual arrangements of holiday classics.
- Vaud & The Villains,* a 19-piece New Orleans jazz orchestra, will debut on Holiday Celebration with holiday music played in 1930s jazz style.
- Vox Femina Los Angeles, a choir of 40 women, will perform songs celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah.
* Indicates groups new to the Holiday Celebration this year.
For more information or tickets call (213) 972-3099 or visit www.HolidayCelebration.org