November 26, 2008

Christmas at the California Center for the Arts

Christmas comes early at the California Center for the Arts with snow for kids to play in, carolers, Santa, a tree lighting and four family-friendly performances featuring directionally-challenged pirates in Yo Ho Ho A Pirate’s Christmas all on the first weekend of December. Other performances at the Center include musical rock group GrooveLily telling story-filled ballads and a classic rendition of Handel’s Messiah paired with a multimedia presentation of classic art.

DECEMBER: 4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Free Event

The Center’s Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland brings fun for the entire family. This free event features real Snow for children to play in, special appearance by Santa, the lighting of the Center’s Christmas tree, free cookies for all, an interactive education activity for children and special appearances from the stars of Yo Ho Ho A Pirates Christmas.

Yo Ho Ho A Pirate’s Christmas. Photo by Robert W Arbogast

Yo Ho Ho A Pirate’s Christmas: Saturday, December 6, 2008 – 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, 2008 – 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. It’s up to a seven-year-old girl named Eve to save Christmas for everyone. The fate of Christmas, Santa Claus and the citizens of the North Pole is in Eve’s hands after the jolly team behind Christmas is kidnapped by a bunch of directionally-challenged pirates. Youngsters will be enthralled as the team of swashbuckling pirates interacts and makes the audience feel like part of the crew in between original songs. This charming new family musical will have young and old believing in the power of Christmas spirit and jolly pirates. Tickets: $25-$27 for adults; $22-$24 for seniors Purchase tickets by calling (800) 988-4253 or online at Suitable for all ages.

GrooveLily: Friday, December 12, 2008 – 8:00 p.m. GrooveLily defies the boundaries of rock, folk, jazz, and pop. Intelligent original songs with no shortage of wit connect lush musical textures and soaring vocals with the blazing six-string electric violin of Valerie Vigoda, the lightning-fingered piano of Brendan Milburn, and the joyful drums of Gene Lewin. With backgrounds in classical music, musical theater, jazz, and rock, the three members of Groove-Lily are making a new music that’s all their own. Plus, hear excerpts from their two critically acclaimed concert-musicals “Striking 12” and “Sleeping Beauty Wakes.” Tickets: $37 for adults; $34 for seniors Purchase tickets by calling (800) 988-4253 or online at

Masterpiece Messiah: Sunday, December 14, 2008 – 4:00 p.m. Join the Center in its annual tradition of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” Maestro Jung-Ho Pak and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra with Bach Collegium choir recreate the lush holiday sounds of centuries past. As an added feature this year, the Chamber Orchestra will also play a dramatic video featuring famous classic paintings to enhance and bring a modern element to their period performance. Tickets: $23-$35 for adults; $20-$32 for seniors.

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