The Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

Artists

African Soul International

African Soul International

African Soul International has a mission to preserve and present the rich history of the African and African-American experience through dance, music and culture. Starting as a small family company they have grown into a group of 15 artists that include dancers, drummers, stilt walkers and a fire eater.

They are committed to offering the best of African and African-American culture through intensive trainings with master artists from the national dance companies of Guinea, Senegal and Mali. Their training is their strength, focusing on ensuring an authenticity within their work that allows them to teach the cultural principles that are a vital and integral part of their artistry. With a regular schedule of camps and community workshops, African Soul International has engaged with youth and families globally.

https://www.africansoulinternational.org

Homenetmen Ararat Choir

Ararat Choir

Ararat Choir is a vocal ensemble of 30-35 singers that belong to Homenetmen’ Ararat chapter; an Armenian non-profit organization based in Los Angeles. Ararat Choir is directed by Lilian Avak – a dedicated music educator and teacher of vocal techniques – and is comprised of music enthusiasts between the ages of 18-60.

The group has performed throughout Los Angeles County at art festivals, memorials, commemorations and concerts. Homenetmen Ararat Choir seeks to elevate and expand the values, artistic taste and vision of the Armenian community through education and singing.

https://www.ararat.org/

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time. Although he is an acknowledged virtuoso of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, he is just as dynamic and vivacious on the piano, timbales, vocals and keyboard. He delights in presenting a diverse and exhilarating show featuring Afro-Cuban Jazz, Be Bop, straight ahead Jazz and so much more.

He is, by far, one of the world’s foremost entertainers, having been seen by millions performing live at the Oscars, the GRAMMY Awards,® at the White House, and the industry’s most esteemed performing arts centers and festivals.

Sandoval is a celebrated classical artist as well as composer who has been awarded 10 GRAMMY Awards,® six Billboard Awards, an Emmy® Award, the Hispanic Heritage Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. He was recently honored with a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the prestigious Notre Dame University.

http://arturosandoval.com

Cuñao

Cuñao

Cuñao is a Los Angeles-based Latin Folk group that use its multi-ethnic background and influences to create evocative and poetic songs that transcend time and leave listeners with lush images. Cuñao puts a global twist on its Latin sound by exploring African rhythms, Eastern European melodies and American Rock aesthetics.

The band started in the spring of 2014 as a pick-up band for a birthday party. After rehearsals and learning a few cumbias, Cuñao played its first show. They immediately began work on the album “Sangre Y Arena,” which was released in October 2015. The lineup solidified their sound as a Latin Folk group with a global flair.Cuñao regularly performs in festivals and community events in the Los Angeles and Southern California area such as Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Día De Los Muertos, San Pedro Día De Los Muertos Festival and the Lummis Day Festival, among many others.

http://cunaomusic.com/

Hālau Keali’i o Nālani & the Daniel Ho Trio

Hālau Keali’i o Nālani & the Daniel Ho Trio

Hawai‘i-born, Los Angeles-based Daniel Ho is a six-time GRAMMY® Award winner, 14-time GRAMMY Award nominee, six-time Taiwanese Golden Melody Award winner, and recipient of multiple Hawaiian Music awards. He is an ukulele virtuoso, slack key guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and record company owner. His philosophy is simple -- present music with sincerity and artistry.

Keali'i Ceballos, director of Halau Keali'i O Nalan,i a Los Angeles based Halau Hula (Hula School) – is an internationally acclaimed teacher, dancer and choreographer of Hawaiian and Polynesian dance. He studied under such renowned teachers as Cecilia Cissylani Ceballos, Nona Beamer, George Na'ope, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Robert Uluwehi Cazimero. Ceballos has taught over 2,000 dancers in the past 30 years, and Halau Keali'i O Nalani is one of the largest schools for Hawaiian dance in Southern California.

https://www.danielho.com/

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

For 40 years, 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 Los Angeles community. The mission of GMCLA is to create musical experiences that support LGBT youth, challenge homophobia, and expose new communities to a message of equality. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the last important links to a glorious tradition in music,” GMCLA is one of the country’s largest male choruses with over 250 singers. GMCLA has commissioned more than 600 new works and arrangements, released 15 albums, appears frequently on national television, and is the first openly gay chorus to tour central Europe (1991), broadcast over Russian television (1999), tour South America (2006), and perform for two sitting U.S. Presidents. GMCLA also has extensive youth outreach programs that bring a message of love, acceptance and hope and has reached over 60,000 young people in the Los Angeles area through its Alive Music Project and L.A.'s Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network. GMCLA changes hearts and minds through the Power of Music.

http://gmcla.org/gmcla3/

Greater LA Cathedral Choir

Greater LA Cathedral Choir

The Greater LA Cathedral Choir (GLACC) is an award-winning community gospel ensemble known for its dynamic vocal delivery, innovative musical arrangements and cutting-edge interpretation of the gospel through ministry music. Established the fall of 2004, this recording choir is made up of music ministers, praise and worship leaders, musicians and choir members from various Southern California counties. Since their inception, GLACC has been afforded the opportunity to minister in both the gospel and secular arenas. Its ministry and performance resume consists of a variety of standout events, which include providing background vocals for Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Tye Tribbett and opening for various gospel industry headliners such as Micah Stampley, Darryl Coley, Tonex, J Moss, James Hall & The Voices of Citadel, Deitrick Haddon, along with sharing platforms with other notables in gospel.

GLACC was able to join forces with other local gospel ministries to put on two benefit concerts in an effort to raise funds for wildfire victims and for a woman diagnosed with an inoperable tumor. The choir has also performed at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall with jazz performer Dave Koz, and the L.A. Jewish Symphony to honor a charity (HEFER) that helps bring food and other resources to impoverished countries on the African continent. The choir has also performed at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center in the Colors of Christmas production alongside Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, Melissa Manchester, Jon Secada, Sheena Easton, Maxi Priest, and Jennifer Holiday. Most recently, the choir was a regional finalist in the Verizon Wireless How Sweet The Sound Choir Competition, ministering to thousands at the world-class arena, Staples Center.

Harmonic Bronze

Harmonic Bronze

Harmonic Bronze is a youth handbell group representing the communities of Acton and Agua Dulce, as well as the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District. Members range from 11 to 20 years old. Its primary group goal is to be ambassadors of music. Harmonic Bronze views itself as musical servants for their local communities. it performs with a five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and a three-octave set of hand chimes.

The group has performed in 13 prior L.A. County Holiday Celebrations, as well as at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Palmdale Playhouse, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. It has recorded four albums and has partnered with musical soloists such as a narrator, flutist, vocalist, pianist, percussionist, choral group, pipe organist, and violinist.

http://harmonicbronze.com/

Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company

Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company

Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company (founded 2015) is based in Los Angeles. The company uses dance as a vehicle to create a more inclusive world and eliminate the stigma and inequality associated with disability. its vision is to make dance accessible to people of all abilities and create a world where the word “disability” doesn’t exist.

Infinite Flow is comprised of people of all abilities, including wheelchair users, the deaf, the blind, those with intellectual disabilities, and those who do not identify with a disability. The company creates high quality dance performances that dismantle the disability stereotype and showcase the beauty of inclusion to broad audiences.

http://www.infiniteflowdance.org/

Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy

Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy

Acting as Korean cultural ambassadors, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy provides an opportunity for students to not only learn dance, but also to learn more about Korean heritage. The group participates in various events in its neighboring communities and schools within Los Angeles County. The Academy actively participates in community events and functions. With this participation, it hopes to share more about Korean culture and the art of dancing with the public.

https://www.koreandanceacademy.com/

Los Angeles Chamber Choir

Los Angeles Chamber Choir

The Los Angeles Chamber Choir is a semi-professional choir made of mostly Korean-American singers who love to perform great classic choral pieces. Their goal is to introduce classic choral pieces to residents of L.A .County. Los Angeles Chamber Choir believes that outstanding choral performance need not be limited to the formal concert hall, but should be available to everyone; thus actively seeking performance venues accessible to individuals who have the tendency to be overlooked. They have participated and collaborated with the LA Master Chorale and the LA Phil with Gustavo Dudamel.

http://www.lachamberchoir.com/

Los Robles Master Chorale

Los Robles Master Chorale

Los Robles Master Chorale (LRMC), known for its robust choral tapestry, is one of Southern California's premier choirs. Celebrating 40 years of rich legacy and hailed for its remarkable sound, striking versatility and commitment to commissioning new choral works, the 100voice all-volunteer chorus harnesses the power of music to enrich people of all ages. With a repertoire ranging from early music and great choral masterworks, to folk, contemporary and world music, LRMC presents its own concert series each season and performs with leading music organizations across the Southland in such iconic venues as The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Royce Hall.

https://www.losroblesmasterchorale.org/

Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea & Mariachi Espectacular

Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea & Mariachi Espectacular

Returning this year, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea will be joined onstage by Mariachi Espectacular.

Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea have made big waves on the national and international music scene. With nine GRAMMY® nominations, including seven American GRAMMY and two Latin GRAMMY nominations, and two GRAMMY Awards under its belts, the Mariachi Divas are a unique, multicultural, all-female ensemble, imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles, and have been represented by women of Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadorian, Peruvian, Tongan and Anglo descents. All-together, the Divas’ discography includes 14 albums released through Shea Records and East Side Records. Since September 2003, the Mariachi Divas are the official mariachi of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, performing weekly for audiences of all ages.

Since 2005, Mariachi Espectacular, directed by Oscar Villa, has delighted audiences throughout the United States and Mexico. Mariachi Espectacular is the official premier all-male mariachi of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, performing year-round at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California. For the past six years, Mariachi Espectacular has performed in the Disneyland Viva Navidad Holiday Parade.

Comprising the best male mariachi musicians in Southern California, Mariachi Espectacular is highly sought after to perform for private and public events. With a commitment to service, Mariachi Espectacular regularly contributes to charitable events and teaching workshops for children 7-18 years of age.

https://www.mariachidivas.com/

Mostly Kosher & Urban Voices Project

Mostly Kosher

Mostly Kosher, the acclaimed klezmer gypsy-rock band, radically reconstructs Judaic and American cultural music through ravenous klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains. Mostly Kosher is a musical feast that explodes into a global food-fight of Jazz, Latin, Rock, and Folk. In response to the poetry and folk music of the group’s Judaic roots, Mostly Kosher’s original voice resounds with themes of social justice, human dignity and mutual understanding. Led by frontman Leeav Sofer, one of the Jewish Journal’s "30 under 30" most accomplished professionals in the Los Angeles Jewish diaspora, Mostly Kosher is comprised of some of the highest regarded Los Angeles musicians including violinist Janice Mautner Markham, drummer Eric Hagstrom, bassist Adam Levy, and, on guitar, Will Brahm. Guest artists include Aníbal Seminario, Gee Rabe, Taylor Covey and Lorry Aaron Black.

Mostly Kosher is a fixture at renowned Southern California stages such as the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Skirball Cultural Center and The Torrance Center for Performing Arts. The group has also graced the stage of the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a live television broadcast to over half a million viewers in 2015 and once again in 2017. The ensemble has headlined multiple summer festivals such as Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival, Claremont Folk Festival and more. Mostly Kosher had the honor of being the first Jewish music ensemble at the Disney parks and marked their third season performing during the two-month-long Festival of Holidays.

Staying true to giving back to the community, Mostly Kosher is proud to be teaching artists for Urban Voices Project and Street Symphony, performing and educating in underserved areas in and around Southern California including prisons, community clinics and shelters serving men and women suffering from homelessness. Mostly Kosher is also mentor ensemble to the Jewish Youth Orchestra, a project of the Jewish Federation of San Gabriel Valley, offering performance opportunities and ongoing workshops for middle school and high school musicians.

https://www.mostlykosher.com/

Our Lady of the Angels Children’s Chorus

Our Lady of the Angels Children’s Chorus

The Our Lady of the Angel's Children's Chorus is comprised of members of Immaculate Heart of Mary School and Precious Blood School Children's Choir. They are 2nd to 8th grade students and alumni of two Catholic schools from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The choir has performed in several children’s choir festivals and concerts including performances at the Canterbury Cathedral in London UK, Vatican in Rome, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, to name a few.

Pacifico Dance Company

Pacifico Dance Company

Founded in 1992, the Los Angeles-based Pacífico Dance Company has been thrilling audiences with its unique blend of modern and traditional dance for well over a decade. Under the guidance of Adriana Astorga-Gainey, general and artistic director, the company has evolved and created its own unique style, costume designs, music and choreography. Since its founding, Pacífico has performed for audiences throughout the United States and Asia. With some 40 dancers and musicians, it prides itself on educating culturally diverse communities, as well as providing Hispanic audiences with a forum for developing pride in their own heritage.

Dedicated to the performance and preservation of traditional Mexican dance through the reconstruction of choreography and dance training, Pacifico seeks to instill pride of heritage and promote cultural understanding among the diverse communities of Southern California. The company also incorporates Mexican folklore, religion, and current themes presented through dance fusion to further the appreciation and understanding of present-day Mexico.

https://www.pacificodanceco.org/

Palmdale High School Chamber Singers and Sunday Night Singers

Palmdale High School Chamber Singers and Sunday Night Singers

The Palmdale High School Chamber singers are a select ensemble drawn from a 60-voice a cappella choir. The choir has performed nationally and internationally in festivals and competitions to top honors. The Chamber Singers are joined by the Sunday Night Singers, a select non-profit chamber choir with members who come from many parts of L.A. County – many whom started as singers at Palmdale High School. Combined, these two ensembles have performed on 10 previous L.A. County Holiday Celebration broadcasts.

Pasadena Girls' Choir

Pasadena Girls' Choir

This audition only all-girls choir was formed in September 2018. Its members range in age from 7-17 years and all love to sing. The choir sings songs in many different styles, from pop to classical, musical theatre to light jazz and everything in between. In the last year, the choir has performed for the Rose Queen and Court at a private event, appeared at Knott’s Berry Farm Fiesta Plaza and held its debut performance at The Music Center for the 2018 L.A. County Holiday Celebration. The Pasadena Girls' Choir is a group where every girl is encouraged to find her voice through song.

Street Corner Renaissance

Street Corner Renaissance

Street Corner Renaissance Founder and Artistic Director Maurice Kitchen was a frustrated long time professional with a solid career in the insurance claims industry, when he decided enough was enough. “An AARP member for ten years already, my waking prayer every morning became, ‘Lord, please don’t let me die a claims adjuster,’” says Kitchen. "I didn't want to wake up in another 25 years and realize that, although I had I lived in a house on a hill, it had come with a closet full of regrets." Lamenting over unfulfilled dreams and lack of earnest effort in his pursuit, Kitchen quit his job and began orchestrating his life’s second act and the ultimate encore performance.

He joined forces with likeminded founding members Torrance Brannon Reese, the organizer of a successful mentoring program, and Kwame Alexander, a former Seventh-Day Adventist pastor. Then along came Anthony (Tony) Snead, an itinerant legal assistant, and Charles (Sonny) Banks, a city worker on the verge of retirement and a life of golf. The five banded together “for one last hurrah," forming a group of distinguished gentlemen a cappella singers dedicated to singing the music they loved from a by-gone era.

In December 2014, these “new jack seniors” found themselves in a cappella heaven when they joined the young people in the cast of NBC’s network show, “The Sing Off, Season 4.” Street Corner Renaissance was an instant hit and crowd favorite, garnering over 60,000 YouTube hits overnight. The group had a chance to work with some of the biggest names in music such as, The Temptations, Chuck Berry, Kool & the Gang, and Boyz II Men opened two nights for Jay Leno. The group is currently featured in the PBS special "DooWop Generations."

These cats can flat out sing! Their infectious energy and versatile show-set offers audiences an authentic/interactive street corner experience, combining the polish of a seasoned Las Vegas act with with humor and masterful stage craftsmanship.

Street Corner Renaissance’s late-life good fortune is the result of its unmitigated courage to live the “Improbable Dream.”.

http://streetcornerrenaissance.com/

The Citrus Singers

The Citrus Singers

Established in 1968 by internationally acclaimed conductor and educator Ben D. Bollinger, the Citrus Singers is a world-renowned performance troupe, based out of Citrus College in Glendora, featuring young performers who present a wide array of musical genres, including Musical Theater, the Great American Songbook, Sacred and Secular Classical Choral Repertoire and contemporary hits.

The Citrus Singers holds the distinction of being the only American choir to win the International Choral Festival in Spittal, Austria. The group’s other invitational appearances include performing at the Glinka Capella in St. Petersburg, Russia; at the American Choral Directors’ Convention in Kansas City, Missouri; at the Vienna Symposium for outstanding international choirs; at the opening of the Museum of Maritime Science in Japan; at The Riebeld Festival in Denmark; and at the Midnight Sun Choral Festival in Tromso, Norway. The group has performed the “Brahms Requiem”with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with the British Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.

www.citrusarts.org/music/vm/citrussingers.html

The Opera Company at LACHSA

 The Opera Company at LACHSA

The award -inning Opera Company at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts(LACHSA) is celebrating its 27th year producing the best in opera and musical performances. Its mission is to provide an environment of practical performance experience in opera and classical musical theatre to gifted students grades 9-12 who reside in Los Angeles County. Presenting a season of two fully staged productions with orchestra, the company tailors instruction to nurture and support the high school voice in all aspects of performance techniques. The Opera Company at LACHSA strives to prepare its students for university/conservatory acceptance or entrance to the professional stage in an atmosphere of academic and artistic integrity that nurtures creativity and professionalism.

https://www.lachsa.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1056022&type=u

VOX Femina Los Angeles

 VOX Femina Los Angeles

VOX Femina Los Angeles gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature. Diverse in culture, age, race, belief and sexual identity, Vox Femina Los Angeles is a chorus committed to commissioning new works and raising awareness about issues that affect all women. Through music, the group aims to create a world that affirms the worth and dignity of every person.

Founded in 1997 by nationally recognized choral conductor Dr. Iris Levine, VOX Femina has made over 400 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. The women of VOX sing culturally diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to the contemporary, in a wide range of styles and languages. Throughout its 22 years, VOX has remained committed to commissioning new works, collaborating with 40 composers on over 50 commissions since its founding. In the past six years, VOX has participated in the ACDA’s Women's Commissioning Consortium, which has commissioned an unprecedented 21 new works.

Founded in 1997 by nationally recognized choral conductor Dr. Iris Levine, VOX Femina has made over 400 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. The women of VOX sing culturally diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to the contemporary, in a wide range of styles and languages. Throughout its 22 years, VOX has remained committed to commissioning new works, collaborating with 40 composers on over 50 commissions since its founding. In the past six years, VOX has participated in the ACDA’s Women's Commissioning Consortium, which has commissioned an unprecedented 21 new works.

https://www.voxfemina.org

Yuval Ron Ensemble

Yuval Ron Ensemble

Formed in 1999, the Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges among people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by award-winning composer Yuval Ron (music for Oscar-winning film “West Bank Story”), the ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support and has traveled world-wide promoting peace through music.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble albums, “Under The Olive Tree,” “Tree of Life,” “Seeker of Truth” and "Unity of the Heart," have become international favorites with world music lovers and have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Echoes” and “Hearts of Space” programs. The Yuval Ron Ensemble was in residencies at numerous schools such as Yale University, John Hopkins University, University of Chicago, UCLA, Seattle University and Middlebury College while performing numerous benefit concerts to support organizations that promote peace and help the disadvantaged.

https://yuvalronmusic.com/