List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2007-12-24

    LA County - Lian Ensemble (Persian music ensemble)

    Los Angeles Monday - December 24, 2007     03:00 PM



    Six-hour music and dance spectacular on

    December 24 is admission free!

    Los Angeles, CA - A free, six-hour holiday spectacular of music, song and dance unfolds on the stage of the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center Monday, December 24 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. It's the 48th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, L.A. County's biggest holiday show featuring more than 40 musical ensembles, choirs, and dance companies, about 1,200 performers in all, expressing the joy of the season.

    Each year, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, executive producer of the celebration, scours the region for talent for the production. Artists appearing at Holiday Celebration in 2007 include:

    Lian Ensemble (Persian music ensemble) Virtuoso musicians perform on traditional instruments. "Creation" employs "mystical world music" based on Rumi's poem about a life beyond and one on earth.

    New Valley Symphony Orchestra – (Armenian folk music with authentic instrumentation.)

    Stefani Valadez Ensemble (Ladino/Sephardic) (Performing a Yemeni prayer for peace "Ha'Azino Tafiloti" and a symbolic "Cuando el Rey," a story about Abraham's impact on the world.)

    This year's hosts include Sheryl Lee Ralph (original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls, To Sleep with Anger); Fred Willard (FOX's new comedy series Back to You and the films For Your Consideration, Best in Show); two members of the comedy group Culture Clash, Richard Montoya and Herbert Siguenza; two cast members from The Closer, Michael Paul Chan and Raymond Cruz; and actor Gedde Watanabe.

    The Holiday Celebration, which reflects the rich mosaic of cultures found in Southern California, is L.A. County's yearly gift to Los Angeles.

    A complete list of performers and selections will be available at after December 7.

    The 48th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration takes place on Monday, December 24 from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located in the Music Center at 135 N. Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Admission is FREE, as is the parking under the Music Center. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Patrons may come and go throughout the six-hour performance. People waiting in line to get in can see the show on the Jumbotron on the Music Center Plaza. Reservations for tickets to the show or parking are not necessary. Those who can't make it to the Music Center can watch the live broadcast of Holiday Celebration on KCET.>
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