- By Arlene Winnick
- Photo Courtesy of Lewis Playhouse
There’s a new destination for the best in holiday concerts this year – the Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga. First up, the Inland Pacific Ballet performs The Nutcracker, a holiday family tradition featuring beautiful set, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage. Stay after the performance and meet the dancers. Take a hysterical trip down memory lane with a Retro Holiday Jubilee led by your irreverent guide Charles Phoenix. As you watch a show featuring vintage Kodachrome slides celebrating the holidays in the 50s and 60s, Phoenix provides hysterical commentary and insight on past traditions. .
Smooth Jazz fans are in for a treat when celebrated acoustic guitarist Peter White leads a group of talented musicians in a concert bringing a 21st century jazz flair to the most popular holiday favorites. In honor of Nat King Cole’s 100th birthday, Keith David takes the stage in Too Marvelous for Words, a musical tribute to the Man with the Velvet Voice. Presented as a vintage-style holiday radio show, noted film and TV actor David performs Cole’s top hits. Classical fusion trio, TAKE 3 and Yanni vocalist, Lauren Jelencovich, share an afternoon of holiday favorites. These accomplished artists interact with the audience as they share their fascinating musical journey from Julliard and Imagine Dragons to Broadway and Rock and Roll.
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