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53rd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration Plays Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 12/24

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Bring the whole family to L.A.'s biggest, Emmy-nominated holiday show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the 53rd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. 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. 

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.

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 KCET broadcast repeats from 8 pm-11 pm, and again on December 25 at noon and 3 pm.

The event will take place on 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. The L.A. County Holiday Celebration is a gift to the community from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

It all takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. Information hotline: (213) 972-3099 or www.HolidayCelebration.org.

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

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

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