Music Center Staff Memories of 2014

One of the best things about The Music Center is our amazing team of employees.  Everyone that works here – from administrators, ushers, programmers, security, developers and more – each person brings a passion for art and a love for Los Angeles that shines through in our events and day to day happenings.

So as we bid farewell to 2014, it seemed only fitting to highlight a few of our staff’s favorite moments from the past year…  Here are 4 of our staffers answering the apropos question of the day – What was your favorite Music Center moment of 2014?

Amber Scott & artists of The Australian Ballet in Swan Lake Photography Jeff Busby_1771

Amber Scott & artists of The Australian Ballet in Swan Lake Photo by Jeff Busby

Lusine Vardanyan – Marketing

That’s a tough question…This year, I especially loved The Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake.  Not only was the show beautiful, working with the dancers and marketing team at The Australian Ballet was so much fun!  But it was also such a special experience to be part of our 50th Celebration and help in putting together such a landmark event for The Music Center.

Next 50 Party - David Buchan

Next 50 Party at The Music Center Photo by David Buchan

Melissa Joseph – Programming

The Next 50 Party was unlike anything I had ever worked on at The Music Center. We brought people onto the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to enjoy catered food stations and KCRW DJ sets peppered with pop up presentations from several artists that have performed in our theaters and outdoor spaces previously. It was wonderful to see our stage filled with patrons who have supported The Music Center for years and others that were more newly introduced. One incredible moment occurred when attendees participated in a Bollywood dance lesson. Never have I seen so many smiling faces of people who can now say they’ve “performed” at The Music Center.

RNZB Gillian Murphy and Qi Huan CREDIT Evan Li

RNZB with Gillian Murphy and Qi Huan Photo by Evan Li

Heather Toner – Social Media

There were so many amazing moments at The Music Center this year, and being a part of the 50th anniversary was truly an honor and highlight of my professional career.  But if I had to choose one event that stood out like no other, it would have to be Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Giselle.  That company was so much fun to work with and the dancers were amazing.  Plus, it was such a thrill getting to see Gillian Murphy dance the title role.  Her performance is one I will remember forever.

50th Anniversary Show

Abigail Hollingshead – Development 

My favorite Music Center event of 2014 has to be the 50th Anniversary Gala.  Plans for the Gala were already in the works when I moved to Los Angeles and started working at The Music Center over 2 years ago, and seeing it all finally happen was incredible. In the weeks leading up to the event, it warmed my heart to see everyone coming together and working so hard to make sure we put our best foot forward and make this place look better than ever. The evening of the Gala, I heard so many people say how much they love The Music Center and how much it means to them. The Music Center was really my first introduction to the arts in Los Angeles—so it means a lot to me as well. Seeing it celebrated and honored at the Gala is an experience I was proud to be a part of and one I will never forget.


What was your favorite show or event at The Music Center in 2014?  

Leave a comment and let us know!