Monday, December 16, 2013

Coming Attraction: The 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

CC watches rehearsals for the L.A. Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Break out the Champers! It's that time of year again.

The 54th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration will be making its (free) yearly appearance again at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Christmas Eve from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

CC and I were lucky enough to catch rehearsals last week, and wow, did we see quite a show -- and that was only a few of the acts that will be performing in the three-hour extravaganza.

The live celebration will feature more than 20 music ensembles, dance companies and choirs from around Los Angeles County. What's great is that the performances spotlight the different cultures that call L.A. home. (The show will also be broadcast live on KCET, if you can't make it to the actual event.)

Sarah Reich and the Tap Music Project
The acts that we caught during rehearsals included: The South Bay Children's Choir; Sarah Reich and Tap Music Project (CC loved this group!); gospel group Praizum; and ARC Hand Bell Choir.

I was literally brought to tears watching the hand bell choir, which is made up of people with developmental disabilities.

ARC Hand Bell Choir
From the organization's site:

"Each adult and child bell ringer plays at least two English hand bells. The hand bell instrument enables this developmentally disabled group to learn how to play musical notes via a color-coded system. The performers are accompanied by a keyboardist while they follow the musical director's lead. They view their notes from a scroll on the director's podium in front of the bell choir."

As a parent, I was so moved. It was amazing to see just how well the group worked together -- and how happy they were once they had finished the piece. And most of all -- how appreciated they were.

At one point, one of the women walked away and didn't want to perform. But everyone cheered her on -- even the show's producers, director and sound crew -- by chanting her name.

It was inspiring to watch -- especially when she came back to perform beautifully.

And I love that CC saw the whole thing.

The 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Tuesday, Dec. 24 (3 p.m.-6 p.m.)
Tickets: Free
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles 90012

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