LOS ANGELES, CA: The 62nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration (FREE)
Pacifico Dance Company, Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance, Celtic Irish Dance Academy, and more
The Emmy Award-winning “L.A. County Holiday Celebration,” a Los Angeles holiday tradition since 1959, joyously returns to The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to celebrate its 62nd anniversary with a free, live in-person holiday spectacular. The annual event will feature over 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures that make up L.A. Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actor Brian White are back to co-host.
This year’s highlights include Pacifico Dance Company returning to Holiday Celebration with “Fiesta Calentana,” a journey through Mexico’s southwestern, coastal state of Guerrero that explores Peruvian cultural influence in the region through dance, music and holiday traditions; Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance, performing “Koredjuga,” a rhythm shared by the Bamana and Malinke ethnic groups on the border of Mali and Guinea; Celtic Irish Dance Academy, L.A.’s premier Irish dance school under the direction of Riverdance star, Maeve Croke, performing a traditional Irish dance that showcases fast feet and the ability to tell a story through music and dance; Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, the official Korean cultural ambassador to Southern California, returning to Holiday Celebration with Geom-mu, a Korean sword dance traditionally performed at royal and official feasts to celebrate victory over war, hardship or disease; and Leela Youth Dance Company, performing “Malkauns Tarana,” a piece choreographed by renowned artist Rina Mehta that showcases the rhythmic footwork, dynamic movements and swift chakkars (pirouettes) characteristic of kathak classical dance of North India.
Tickets to the in-person event are free and available on a first come, first seated basis. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., although the line usually begins to form around noon. Proof of vaccination for Covid-19 or a negative test within 72 hours will be required for admission; patrons should allow extra time for check-in prior to getting in line. Masks must be worn throughout the performance. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Parking is free in The Music Center parking garage. Those who can’t make it to The Music Center on Dec. 24 can watch the broadcast on PBS SoCal or stream live online. For more information, go to HolidayCelebration.org.
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