Masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, The California Feetwarmers' music is a throwback to New Orleans circa 1920. Based in Los Angeles, the group is known for their boisterous on-stage antics and for reworking old classics from such artists as the Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, the Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw's Rag Pickers. In 2014, the group collaborated with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb' Mo' on his album BLUESAmericana and were nominated for a Grammy in the Best American Roots Performance category.
The Citrus Singers
This prestigious 40-member troupe has opened the Rose Parade, appeared at Super Bowl XII and provided entertainment at some of Hawaii's finest resorts. They have performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, sung with Melissa Manchester, entertained past U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries and appeared in classical choral festivals and concerts throughout much of the world. The Citrus Singers also have the distinction of being the only American choir to win the International Choral Festival in Spittal, Austria. During the holiday season, the Citrus Singers perform approximately 50 caroling concerts throughout the region; traveling as far north as Santa Barbara and as far south as the Palm Springs area; sharing the sounds of the season with a combined audience of well over 16,000 people.
Colburn Children's Choir and Young Men's Chorus
The Colburn Children's Choir and the Young Men's Chorus are the advanced vocal ensembles of the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Dedicated to the study and performance of outstanding choral music, the groups regularly perform at the Colburn School's Herbert Zipper Hall and other venues in the LA area, collaborate with artists and performing arts organizations, participate in music festivals, and appear at special events and programs. Most recently, the choirs completed a performance tour of Portugal and Spain.
Through love for their heritage and exhilarating musical experimentation, Cuba L.A. strives to keep the soul of Cuban music alive. Led by flutist and musicologist Danilo Lozano, the band has a reputation for percussive and melodic fireworks. Poly-rhythmic timbales, congas and bongos provide a backdrop for lively performances of trumpet, flute, piano and strings. Mixing rhythms and instrumentation from different regions of Cuba, the ensemble creates a sound that is all their own.
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
Now in its 38th season, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) has built an international reputation for musical excellence while remaining deeply rooted in service to the community. Hailed as "a jewel in the crown of Los Angeles," GMCLA's 230 members have performed on the L.A. County Holiday Celebration for over 26 years. They have toured internationally, released 14 albums, commissioned over 300 new works and arrangements, and made appearances on national TV including on the Academy Awards. Chorus members donate 60,000 volunteer hours annually to make their mission of musical excellence and community partnership a reality. They have performed for two sitting U.S. presidents. GMCLA's groundbreaking youth outreach programs - Alive Music Project (AMP) and the original musical It Gets Better - have reached over 45,000 young people in LA middle and high schools over the past nine years.
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company (GMFBC) was founded by Jose Vences in 2003 and was formed to advance the field of Mexican folk ballet, enhance the public's appreciation for the diversity and depth of Mexican culture, and to present high-quality dance productions. Depicting celebrations, ceremonies or daily rituals and backed by careful research, the company's choreography is committed to preserving the traditions and customs of Mexico's historic past and promising present. Known for its elaborate costuming and commitment to quality, the company has performed alongside many acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning artists, such as Lila Downs, José Feliciano, Luis Miguel, Mariachi Sol de México and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.
Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir
The Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir (GLACC) is an award-winning community gospel ensemble known for its dynamic vocal talents, innovative musical arrangements and cutting edge interpretation of Christian teachings through music. Established in 2004, the choir is made up of music ministers, praise and worship leaders, musicians, and choir singers from across Southern California. GLACC has opened for many gospel industry headliners such as Micah Stampley, Darryl Coley, Tonex, J Moss, James Hall & The Voices of Citadel and Deitrick Haddon, and has performed alongside such artists as Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, Melissa Manchester, Jon Secada and Jennifer Holliday.
Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble
Representing the communities of Acton and Agua Dulce, Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble is a youth handbell group of 11-18 year olds who strive to be ambassadors of music to their communities. In addition to performing on the L.A. County Holiday Celebration, the group has also appeared in guest performances for the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Braille Institute, in concerts at Disneyland and Sea World, and in four summer travel tours.
JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble
Founded in 1993, JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble celebrates the jazz tradition as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage and as a defining element of the American experience. The company's mission is to increase awareness of and appreciation for jazz as an American legacy through collaborative dance and music projects that inspire and entertain. From jazz clubs to concert halls, performing arts centers to schools, museums to festivals in the park, JazzAntiqua shares the art of jazz with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts
Established in 1990 and based in Los Angeles, Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts is committed to presenting, promoting and preserving the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance and music. Kayamanan's artistic approach is based on anthropological research, resulting in an appropriate translation of traditional folk and folkloric Philippine dance and music forms and styles from the village to the stage. Noted for its extensive dance repertoire, costumes and music ensembles, the organization was praised by the Los Angeles Times for being "consistently exciting and a triumph of enlightened cultural preservation."
Kim Eung Hwa Dance Company
Founded in 1980, the Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy strives to preserve the art of traditional Korean dance and music. The company actively promotes cultural awareness and exchange through performances in its community in the heart of Koreatown and throughout the County.
Las Colibrí or "The Hummingbirds," have a passion for music deeply rooted in the tradition of mariachi. This all-female stringed ensemble takes a smaller and more contemporary approach to the performance of ranchera music. In addition to innovative interpretations of traditional sones, huapangos and rancheras, audiences will also recognize sounds of jazz, rock, oldies and R&B. To perform their contagious beats and melodies, the ensemble uses a blend of vocal harmonies and traditional mariachi instrumentation consisting of a guitarrón (bass), guitar, vihuela (soprano guitar) and violins.
Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum
Established in 2006 by Lorenzo Johnson, Jr., Praizum uses performing arts as a positive outlet for expression and a tool to reach its community. Composed of members from a variety of cultural and denominational backgrounds, the group primarily performs traditional and contemporary gospel music. Inspired by Lorenzo's personal experiences, the group recently released its debut album Life Support.
Los Angeles Chamber Choir
The Los Angeles Chamber Choir (LACC) is dedicated to sharing the joy of choral music with the greater Los Angeles community. Known for its community outreach programs, the group offers seasonal concerts and charitable performances that educate and entertain all ages. Consistently presenting choral pieces by renowned composers such as Bach, Mozart and Vaughan Williams, LACC has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the last four years.
MUSYCA Children's Choir
MUSYCA Children's choir is a multi-level education program for children and youth of all religious, ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. Located in the San Fernando Valley, MUSYCA brings together gifted young people, ages four to 18, to create a community of singers built on respect, love for music and artistic excellence.
Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers
The Palmdale High School Chamber Singers are a select group of singers drawn from a 60-voice a cappella choir. They have earned a reputation for excellence through regional, national and international choral festivals and competitions scoring superior and gold level rankings. The group most recently took third place in Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod music festival in Wales. These students perform throughout the academic year for civic groups, government functions and even in the occasional national television spot. The Sunday Night Singers are a chamber choir dedicated to creating the highest level of choral artistry. Sunday Night Singers originated as an alumni ensemble from the Palmdale High School Choral Union and now includes singers from throughout Southern California. The group has earned gold medal rankings performing music in all genres and eras and has recorded three albums.
Pasadena Christian School Children's Choir-Joyful Sounds
Joyful Sounds, the Pasadena Christian School Children's Choir, is comprised of third and fourth grade students who love to sing. The group presents annual concerts as well as a musical theatre performance. Beyond these performances, the choir annually helps raise money for ministry projects abroad.
Violinist/multi-instrumentalist Quetzal Guerrero, known as QVLN (Q-Violin), creates a modern roots sound that is a musical extension of his American, Mexican and Brazilian heritage. He performs annually at clubs, festivals and cultural centers and is dedicated to bringing live music to communities in remote areas of the world. In 2015, QVLN, in collaboration with hip-hop artist Oveous, represented the United States as part of the State Department's American Music Abroad program, which fosters cross-cultural communication to global audiences through sharing American contributions to music.
Southern California Brass Consortium
Founded in 2013, the Southern California Brass Consortium (SCBC) is a professional brass ensemble that aims to share the exhilarating spirit of brass music through concerts, recordings and educational outreach. The 26-member group performs a wide range of compositions and styles and presents works that also include harp, piano and organ.
Vox Femina Los Angeles
Vox Femina Los Angeles (VFLA) is dedicated to performing music with an emphasis on literature by women composers. As LA's premiere women's chorus, the group has distinguished itself through performing multicultural choral music with an emphasis on community, social equality and musical excellence for 20 years. Started by Dr. Iris Levine, VFLA is comprised of a diverse group of women who all share a love and passion for singing.