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L.A. Tradition Features Live Performances From Local Talent on December 24th

            Los Angeles, Calif. (October 8, 2014) – This coming holiday season, for the first time, PBS SoCaL will partner with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to televise the award-winning  annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. The free event occurs on December 24th at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles. PBS SoCaL is the exclusive broadcast partner for airing this beloved Los Angeles tradition.

            The three-hour holiday event features choirs, music ensembles and dance companies representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions from throughout Southern California. Approximately 5,000 people attend the live show each year. This is the first year the celebration will be televised live on PBS SoCaL, the PBS station for Greater Los Angeles, and available to stream on www.pbssocal.org.

            “The Holiday Celebration is an annual tradition the L.A. County Board of Supervisors has sponsored since 1959,” said L.A. County Arts Commission Executive Director Laura Zucker. “PBS SoCaL is a great partner to broadcast this holiday favorite and ensure people from all over the region can experience the incredible talent and rich diversity that can only be found in Southern California.”

            “We are honored that theL.A. County Arts Commission has chosen to partner with us on this spectacular event,” said Mel Rogers, PBS SoCaL President and CEO. “By broadcasting this special, we are able to provide Southern California with even more access to an array of arts from our community.”

            The 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration is presented by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, and produced by CDK Productions. The complete list of performers will be announced in October.


The History of the Holiday Celebration

            The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has sponsored this admission free show for the people of the County every December 24 since 1959. The late Kenneth Hahn, Supervisor of the Second District from 1952 to 1992, was the founder of the Holiday Celebration. Kenneth Hahn cared deeply about the accessibility of the arts for everyone. He personally helmed the fundraising for the first celebration, which was called the Christmas Program and took place at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. When Dorothy “Buffy” Chandler sought Hahn’s support for the proposed Music Center, he told her that he would support it if he could be sure that the Music Center would be open free to the residents of the County at least one day each year. In 1964, the Holiday Celebration moved to the recently opened Music Center and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion continues to host the Holiday Celebration to this day.

            The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is executive producer of the Holiday Celebration. The live presentation at The Music Center is the largest holiday show in the County; attendance has become a seasonal tradition for thousands of Angelenos. Since 1965, the program has been broadcast on public television in Southern California. The 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration is the recipient of a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award.

            TheLos Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general cultural resources. For more information, visit lacountyarts.org. 

About PBS SoCaL

            PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and is dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California.  With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including Studio SoCaL and LAaRT.  Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.

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