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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

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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

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