54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration Returns to Music Center

Free entertainment neighborhoods and cultures of L.A.

By EGP Staff Report

More than 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from many of Los Angeles County’s diverse neighborhoods and cultures will take the stage Dec. 24 for the 54th Annual L.A. County Celebration at the Music Center- Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The free, three-hour holiday show will feature big name artists along with local choirs, dance groups, and other types of performers.

Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, pictured, will be one one of many performances at the 54th Annual L.A. County Celebration at the Music Center-Dorothy Chandler Pavillion on Dec. 24. (Ed Krieger)

Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, pictured, will be one one of many performances at the 54th Annual L.A. County Celebration at the Music Center-Dorothy Chandler Pavillion on Dec. 24. (Ed Krieger)

Highlights include Grammy Award®-winning Chicano rock band Quetzal; Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea; Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet, celebrating the Aztec roots of Mexican culture; the Gypsy Allstars, featuring sons of internationally recognized Gypsy Kings; and Aditya Prakash Ensemble, blending classical Indian music with jazz and Latin rhythms.

This year’s show — hosted by John O’Hurley (Seinfeld, Family Feud) and Marisa Ramirez (Blue Bloods, Body of Proof) — is perfect for the whole family.

Other performers include the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy performing a traditional Korean drumming dance; Choral group Artemusica, performing in Baroque style; Colburn Children’s Choir and Young Men’s Chorus, singing in Hebrew and English; Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles; and Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Choir, performing traditional Filipino songs, to name a few.

No tickets or reservations are required and patrons can come and go at any time that fits their schedule, but everyone is encouraged to stay for the entire show and enjoy the full range of talent being presented courtesy of the County of Los Angeles.

The Latin Band Quetzalt, pictured, will perform at the 54th Annual L.A. County Celebration on Dec. 24. (Los Angeles County Arts Commission)

The Latin Band Quetzalt, pictured, will perform at the 54th Annual L.A. County Celebration on Dec. 24. (Los Angeles County Arts Commission)

But if you are unable to attend in person, you don’t have to miss out, the show will be presented live on KCET-TV and KCET.org from 3-6 p.m., and again from 8-11 p.m. and on  Dec. 25 at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m., although the line forms much earlier and entertainment on the Music Center plaza begins at noon. The Music Center is located at 135 N. Grand Ave. in downtown L.A. Parking is free in the Music Center garage.

For more information, call (213) 972-3099 or go to www.HolidayCelebration.org

 
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