Suzanna Guzmán and Danny J. Gomez to host
64th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
live at The Music Center and on PBS SoCal
LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2023) — Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actor, model and disabilities advocate Danny J. Gomez are set to co-host the 64th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration.
A Los Angeles holiday tradition since 1959, this year’s Holiday Celebration will feature 23 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies representing the county’s many neighborhoods and cultures. Entrance to the live, in-person show at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is free on Sunday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with seating available on a first–come, first–seated basis. In addition, the event will be broadcast live on PBS SoCal and streamed live on the pbssocal.org website.
Guzmán has previously co-hosted the L.A. County Holiday Celebration five times in as many years, earning two Emmy Awards for her role along the way, in 2019 and 2021. A principal soloist with orchestras and opera houses around the world, she is a champion of premiere works, creating the roles of the Duchess in Giancarlo Menotti’s Goya at the Kennedy Center; Paula in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazon; Lucha in the Industry Opera’s Hopscotch; and Della in Eric Whitacre’s Gift of the Magi, to name a few. In addition to her two Emmys, she is the recipient of a Grammy nod for the 2006 Best Classical Recording with the Southwest Chamber Music and a Helen Hayes Award Best Actress nod for Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, directed by Giancarlo Menotti. Guzmán is a 2023-2024 Los Angeles Opera Legacy Ambassador and the Los Angeles Opera has named her a “Hispanic Opera Legend.”
Gomez is a professional actor and model who has performed in award-winning films and multiple hit television shows, including NCIS: Hawai’I (CBS) and New Amsterdam (NBC). He will make his off-Broadway debut in All of Me at New York City’s Pershing Square Signature Center next spring. In 2016, he nearly died in a mountain biking accident — an event that left him paralyzed from the waist down. But what has reset and shifted his life has also introduced him to his life’s passion and commitment to advocacy. Every year, he is an active participant in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, raising awareness for better representation for disabled actors in Hollywood.
For more information, visit HolidayCelebration.org.
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