On Christmas Eve, performers from all over Los Angeles County representing a multitude of cultures will hit the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage for the 51st annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration.
Twenty-three music and dance troupes celebrating Korean, Mexican, Hawaiian and other traditions will take center stage at the free (yes, free!) three-hour extravaganza.
CC and I had the chance to attend rehearsals for the mammoth project a couple of weeks ago, and it was amazing to see what's in store for the evening before Christmas.
We watched as the professional-sounding Palmdale High School Choral Union sang Yuletide tunes and Halau O Lilinoe, based in Carson, Calif., choreographed their island dances.
CC was enthralled and a couple of times wanted to get in on the acts herself.
Other highlights of the show will include:
- “Snowflake Boogie,” hip-hop version of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride by Antics Performance
- classical chamber music blended with indie rock sounds from Loch & Key
- toy soldiers in a Dixieland-style tap dance by the Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation
- songs in English and Hebrew from the Young Men’s Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
- contemporary gospel sounds from Christian's Community Center Cathedral Choir
- the traditional “One Drum Dance” from Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy
- folk music from the Caribbean coast of Colombia by Mr. Vallenato
Can't make it to the performance? Lucky for you, the celebration will be broadcast live on KCET and KPFK-FM and streamed live at www.kcet.org.
What a great way to celebrate the holidays! CC and I can't wait!
51st Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Friday, Dec. 24, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets: Free (wristband required for entry; offered on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 24 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion). Parking, too, will be gratis.
More information: 213-972-3099 or www.HolidayCelebration.org
(Photo of Balle Fette of Senegal, above right, is courtesy of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.)