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Saturday, December 25 at 12 p.m. L.A. Holiday Celebration

(Rochester, NY) L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010, airing Saturday, December 25 at 12 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011), is the “best of” of the 50th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration broadcast from Los Angeles’ Music Center in December 2009. This one-hour version of the Emmy-nominated music and dance spectacular mixes traditional, contemporary and offbeat holiday entertainment.

“Silent Night” is performed in Hawaiian by actress Tia Carrere, accompanied on guitar by Daniel Ho, and in Spanish and English by a combination of male and female mariachi groups, Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Sweet Honey in the Rock offers a gospel styling of a Chinese proverb and, in the same genre, Angel City Chorale sings “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.” Antics Performance gives “A Christmas Carol” the Hip-Hop treatment in “Give Up the Dough.” Favorite “Nutcracker” melodies are transformed by M-PACT in a wordless vocal scat of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” and Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles leads a flash mob version of “Trepac.” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is given an R&B twist by Little Willie G and Thee East LA Philharmonic and an all-string arrangement by South Pasadena Children’s Orchestra.

Additional dance offerings include:

  • The aerial duo of Catch Me Bird performing in a silver cage in “All I Want,” accompanied by live music and vocals
  • Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy braiding lengths of bright fabric around a pole in “Flower Crown Dance”
  • Pacifico Dance Company showing African influences on Mexican culture in a folk dance from Guerrero.

The mix of traditional and innovative music also encompasses

  • Lisa Haley and the Zydekats in “Zydeco Christmas,” whose lyrics tell of Santa riding in a swamp boat
  • Young Angels Choir singing an African-inspired “Alleluia”
  • Palmdale High School Choral Union marking the Nativity with “See Dat Babe”
  • Philippine Chamber Singers of Los Angeles describing sparkling Christmas trees in a song in Tagalog
  • Bells evoking holiday time in “Jingle Bells” by ARC Handbell Choir and “Wizards in Winter” by Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble
  • Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea performing “El Burrito de Belen,” a popular Christmas song in Latin America

The L.A. County Holiday Celebration celebrated its 50th anniversary with the six-hour live show from which the highlights special was created. The show, which is admission-free, is a gift from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to the community at large.

Pictured: Catch Me Bird - LA Holiday Celebration 2010

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