Holiday Events at the Music Center

Photo courtesy of John McCoy

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, the Music Center is home to the Ahmanson Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall. From sing-alongs to the city’s largest holiday celebration, visitors can spend the entire season at the Music Center and never see the same event twice.

Messiah Sing-Along (DEC. 7, 2014)

Messiah Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Messiah Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Master Chorale, Facebook

The annual Messiah Sing-Along packs Walt Disney Concert Hall every year. On Sunday, Dec. 7, with orchestra on stage, Music Director Grant Gershon conducts you and 2,199 other singers in this joyful sing-along. Bring your own score or buy one in the lobby and join the chorus. The sing-along begins at 7 p.m.


Active Arts at the Music Center presents the Ukulele Christmas Orchestra, taking place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. Strum up some festive cheer with your favorite holiday songs as one big happy ohana. Exclusively for adult, amateur musicians 18 years and older, beginner to intermediate level. (For this program, a beginner is defined as: the ability to strum in rhythm while playing these 5 chords in this order – C, Em, F, D7 and G7.) Seating capacity is limited - no walk-ins, and no visitors/guests. Bring your own music stand and ukulele. NOTE: This is not a recital, it’s a kalikimaka ukulele play-along. If you’re feeling a little rusty, come early for an optional 30-minute refresher lesson at 6 p.m. Registration is $10 and required before Nov. 30. Sign up early to guarantee your spot.


Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photo by Ken Hively, courtesy of Los Angeles Master Chorale

On Saturday Dec. 13, ring in Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall with a Festival of Carols sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, one of the world’s greatest choirs. Sprinkled with new arrangements and traditional songs of the season, the program includes favorites such as “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” “Silent Night” and sing-alongs like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Experience pure holiday magic with 115 singers, piano and organ. The two-hour program begins at 2 p.m. After the concert, ticket holders can visit with Santa in BP Hall.

Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas (DEC. 14, 2014)

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Photo by David Johnston, courtesy of Los Angeles Master Chorale

The true spirit of the season will surround the audience at Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas, taking place at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, Dec. 14. This year is the 20th anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s monumental "O Magnum Mysterium," which was given its first-ever performance by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in December 1994, along with an a cappella feast of exquisite Christmas choral music. The program features 62 singers and begins at 7 p.m.


The Manhattan Transfer Christmas Show
Image courtesy of The Manhattan Transfer, Facebook

L.A.’s beloved vocal jazz group, The Manhattan Transfer is performing a special holiday version of its timeless, uplifting pop-bop at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Trist Curless will perform in place of the late Tim Hauser, the founder of The Manhattan Transfer. The platinum-selling, chart-topping group is renowned for broadening the musical landscape with their innovative, genre-defying sound. The Manhattan Transfer made Grammy history in 1981 by becoming the first group to win Grammys simultaneously in both the jazz and pop categories.

Handel: Messiah (DEC. 17 & 21, 2014)

Regarded as one of the greatest choral works of all time, Handel’s "Messiah," as sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall for two performances on Wednesday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and Dec. 21. The concerts feature 48 singers, chamber orchestra and soloists. Composed in just 24 days, "Messiah" continues to be the composer’s most popular work and might be the most performed classical work of all time. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21.

A Chanticleer Christmas (DEC. 18, 2014)

A Chanticleer Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall
A Chanticleer Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo courtesy of Chanticleer, Facebook

Now in its 37th season, Chanticleer is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble known worldwide as “an orchestra of voices” and dubbed “the world’s leading male chorus” by The New Yorker. Chanticleer returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday, Dec. 18 with the group’s beloved offering, A Chanticleer Christmas, a holiday favorite with audiences and critics alike. The warmth and profundity of A Chanticleer Christmas are revealed in a telling of the Christmas story in Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, traditional carols, Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” (Chanticleer’s most requested Christmas selection) and Chanticleer’s traditional medley of spirituals.

Music Center Holiday Sing-Along (DEC. 19, 2014)

Music Center Holiday Sing-Along | Photo courtesy of John McCoy

The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along is an annual holiday tradition that’s not to be missed, taking place at the Music Center Plaza on Friday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bundle up and sing along to live musical accompaniment under the stars. Lyric sheets are provided, no experience necessary. Free admission, seating capacity is limited. Tickets are distributed starting at 6 p.m. One ticket per person waiting in line - first come, first served.

Holiday Organ Spectacular (DEC. 19, 2014)

Photo by Federico Zignani, courtesy of LA Phil

Experience a warm and cheerful glow at the Holiday Organ Spectacular, taking place at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 19. The concert marks the 10th birthday of the majestic pipe organ and features a wide ranging program of devotional and festive holiday music. David Higgs, one of America’s leading concert organists, will be joined by soprano Lisa Thelen, a native Angeleno and the Music Director for St. Bede the Venerable School in La Cañada.

Walt Disney Concert Hall Holiday Sing-Along (DEC. 20, 2014)

Children of all ages will lift their voices together for the Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Accompanied by the massive pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo, you’ll sing songs of the season like “The 12 Days of Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and many others. The sing-along is hosted by David Prather (dubbed “The Master of Merry” by the Los Angeles Times) and features the 100-voice Angeles Chorale, conducted by John Sutton. Lyric sheets are provided for everyone. Two performances on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The Klezmatics: Happy Joyous Hanukkah! (DEC. 22, 2014)

The Klezmatics at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photo by Chuck Fishman, courtesy of The Klezmatics, Facebook

Don’t miss the fun as the Grammy-winning Klezmatics kick up their heels at Walt Disney Concert Hall with a unique mixture of traditional klezmer music and Eastern European, Latin, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and folk-influenced music. The whole family can enjoy The Klezmatics: Happy Joyous Hanukkah! with 50% off tickets for kids 2-12 years old.

Arturo Sandoval & His L.A. All-Star Big Band Christmas (DEC. 23, 2014)

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval leads a Latin-flavored jazz program for the holidays at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval has won 10 Grammy Awards, as well as six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. Sandoval is also a renowned classical musician, performing regularly with leading symphony orchestras around the world.

L.A. County Holiday Celebration (DEC. 24, 2014)

Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company at L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company at L.A. County Holiday Celebration | Photo courtesy of A.C. Thamer, Discover Los Angeles Flickr pool

Every year since 1959, the Arts Commission has produced the L.A. County Holiday Celebration on behalf of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The 55th edition of L.A.’s biggest holiday celebration takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, featuring bands, choirs and dance companies that showcase L.A. County's diverse cultures and holiday traditions. Pre-show entertainment in the Music Center Plaza begins at noon. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and performances start at 3 p.m. The three-hour show and parking at the Music Center are free, no reservations or tickets are necessary. Early arrival suggested - first come, first served. Guests are welcome to come and go throughout the performances.