KCET Broadcasts Live Taping of 53rd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration on Dec. 24 at 3 p.m.

More than 20 performing artists from across L.A. County will take part in this three-hour cultural extravaganza held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown Los Angeles

Burbank, CA - December 10, 2012 - For more than four decades, KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, has broadcast Los Angeles' largest and oldest holiday show in the region. This year, The 53rd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration will be no exception, airing live on Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. and repeating at 8 p.m. The free three-hour show takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and attracts no less than 5,000 Angelenos each year, featuring more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the diverse neighborhoods and cultures of Los Angeles.

Adam Davis, managing director of productions for the L.A. County Arts Commission and producer of The L.A. County Holiday Celebration since 2006, feels the show is a Los Angeles tradition because of the local music and dance groups who participate.

"The show was envisioned as a gift to the residents of Los Angeles and with KCET's partnership, we're able to reach that goal," says Davis. "The show is infectious," he adds, "and is really the perfect way to get in touch with your community while simultaneously celebrating the holidays."

The L.A. County Holiday Celebration continues its ongoing partnership with KCET because the broadcast expands the reach of the program and allows fans, who would not experience it otherwise, the opportunity to witness an extraordinary cultural holiday event.

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.

The program repeats Monday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 12 p.m., and then at 3 p.m. It will also be streamed live at www.kcet.org and broadcast live via radio on 90.7 KPFK.


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

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.

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  • 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 performance by the Los Angeles Ballet* who 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 first time performing at The Holiday Celebration

Produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as part of the Free Concerts in Public Sites program, the L.A. County Holiday Celebration is a gift to the community from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The live telecast is produced by CDK Productions. For more information, visit www.HolidayCelebration.org

 

About the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

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

About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.

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