Budget cuts mean the popular L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will once again be just three hours this year -- but I'm just grateful that it continues at all. The free event, L.A. County's annual gift to residents, is part of our annual Christmas Eve tradition (we've stopped by the Dorothy Chandler the past two years after Mass at the Our Lady of the Angels cathedral).
This year, more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance companies will participate. KCET-TV will broadcast it live, while KPFK will play the audio and KCET.org will stream the show.
Here are some of this year's highlights:
--Liturgical Afro-Cuban drumming and song from ADAAWE, an all-women’s African music ensembleLA County Holiday Festival Saturday, December 24, 2011 from 3 pm to 6 pm Doors open at 2:30 pm Patrons may come and go throughout the three hour performance Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center 135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles 90012
-- Traditional dance from the Mexican state of Durango from the Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
-- The Jazz Tap Ensemble with a holiday-inspired tap dance and an ensemble of live jazz musicians
-- A modern interpretation of the traditional Korean fan dance from Kwan Gyu Lim Dance Company
-- Classic Hanukkah songs – Klezmer style – with The Shpil
-- Prime Note Ensemble, an all-male Filipino choir singing in English and Tagalog
-- Lisa Haley and the Zydekats celebrate the holidays Americana/Cajun/Zydeco style
-- La Santa Cecilia with a holiday hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music
-- Mandrill, one of Funk and R&B’s most progressive bands and an important pioneer on the world music scene, will perform their 1970 hit “Peace and Love”
--Holiday hip hop from Versa-Style Dance Company
--Pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix returns as HC’s holiday reporter, hosting five videos featuring holiday traditions celebrated in L.A. County