The 54th Annual Holiday Celebration performance produced by, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is the show extravaganza of the year, that you do not want to miss. Culver City News got up close and personalÂ as weÂ got a behind the scenes look at executive producer, Laura Zucker, directors and other team members shape and shift into the annual celebration, held annually at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilionâ€™s Music Center, on Christmas Eve, December 24. The rehearsal room was vibrant with activity and everyone there seemed to be in high spirits. Highly publicized by Lucy Pollak PR, the event, set to air live on KCET-TV, makes use of a broad range of over 20 diverse performers from across Los Angeles County, who have roots here, in the Southern California area. www.lucypr.com. (818) 887-1499.
Some of the artists that audiences can expect to see at the Christmas Eve gala are the â€œSalvation Army Tabernacle Childrenâ€™s Chorus, Invertigo Dance Theatre, Immaculate Heart of Mary Childrenâ€™s Choir, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, Quetzal, Palmdale High School Choral Union, Jazz Antiqua Music and Dance Ensemble, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet, Harana Menâ€™s Chorus, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, South Bay Childrenâ€™s Choir, ARC Hand Bell Choir, Artemusica, Sarah Reich and Tap Music Project, Lorenzo Johnson and Praizum, Gypsy All-Stars ( sons of the world famous Gypsy Kings) ,Gay Menâ€™s Chorus of LA, Colburn Childrenâ€™s Chorus and Ypung Menâ€™s Choir, and the Ate9 Dance cOMPANY Â The Michael Coburn School Â which by the way, is located across from the Pavilion, and upon discovery is LAâ€™s best-kept secret.Â To see, various ethnic groups, which includes dancers, vocalists, pianists, and performers from all over the world, on one stage, at one time is a site for anyoneâ€™s sore eyes. This event is the most talked about celebration for both LA County and the Los Angeles Arts Commission. Colburn School Director of California Childrenâ€™s Choir, Mikhail Shtangrud, gave us a first-hand look into the complications that go along with preparation for his youth chorus to perform for this holiday season. He mentioned that his family came from Russia, his place of birth, and were- known choral performers of the area. He seemed to have an extra sensory perception about the sound and style of the chorus. With just one glance from director, Shtangrud, the children sang as if, he had spoken to each one of them individually.
Doors open Tuesday, 12/24 at 2:30PM and the entrance toâ€ The Music Center Plazaâ€ will open at noon.
Showtime goes from 3PM-6PM. Patrons are free to come and go during the three-hour show.
For those unable to make it to the Music Center from 3PM-6PM can view the performances live at www.kcet.org from 8PM-11PM and on Christmas Day, December 25 from 12PM-3PM and at 9:00PM.
For more information on the 54th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration go to
www.HolidayCelebration.org, or call the information hotline at (213) 972-3099.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and The Music Center
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
The LA Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding, and accessibility of the arts in LA County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the counties 88 municipalities including creating job opportunities and professional development. www.lacountyarts.org.