SPOTLIGHT

During a time where the future of #artseducation is unknown, The Music Center is proud to present a program like Spotlight, which encourages students to grow and learn outside the classroom.  Whether or not the students pursue a career onstage, offstage or something outside of the arts, they walk away from Spotlight with brand new confidence and skills.

Spotlight is a nationally-acclaimed scholarship and arts training program for high school students in the performing arts. This past Tuesday, fourteen of Southern California’s most talented teens stepped onto the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage as the Grand Finale of our SPOTLIGHT 2017 program.

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After months of auditions and master classes, this was their moment in the ‘spotlight’ after each winning a $5,000 scholarship to pursue their craft. Competing in seven categories (including ballet, jazz, and acting), these students beat out this year’s over 1,300 applicants.

This year’s Grand Prize Finalists are SAMUEL CHRISTIAN (Acting), CAMILLE UMOFF (Acting), JORDAN COUTTS (Ballet), LAUREN HUNTER (Ballet), AILEEN CHUNG (Classical Instrumental), VICTOR SHLYAKHTENKO (Classical Instrumental), JEANNINE BAUER (Classical Voice), NATHAN VASQUEZ (Classical Voice), ANNA ABONDOLO (Jazz Instrumental), WILLIAM BRANDT (Jazz Instrumental), SOPHIA FRILOT (Non-Classical Dance), TAYLOR KURTZ (Non-Classical Dance), JOSEPH SILVA (Non-Classical Voice), and BRIGHTON THOMAS (Non-Classical Voice).

 

 

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Picture by Sophia Frilot

 

Spotlight alumni are dancing with the world’s best dance companies, performing with top orchestras, jamming in the leading jazz clubs, singing in the leading opera houses, and starring on Broadway. In addition, they are top executives behind the scenes in art schools, institutions, and businesses.

The application for Spotlight 2018 opens in June. Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime! All Southern California high school students are encouraged to apply.

Learn more here.

The Streetcar Departs L.A.

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After a long weekend of three gut-wrenching performances by The Scottish Ballet company, we wished the company a fond farewell yesterday afternoon.

A Streetcar Named Desire brilliantly translated the heartbreaking narrative of the original Pulitzer prize-winning play into just over two hours of brilliant choreography and staging. Directed by Nancy Meckler and featuring the choreography of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the ballet piece chronicles the moments leading up to Blanche’s demise – including one of the more spectacular moments of theatrical stagecraft ever witnessed on The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage.

Appoximently 20 minutes into the performance, the Belle Reve plantation backdrop the audience had come to accept as a constant is unceremoniously destroyed as Blanche is left with nothing. The romanticized world of Blanche’s childhood is left destroyed. The pile of bricks is then utilized throughout the show to build the shoddy scenes of New Orleans (motel, club, bowling alley, Stanley’s apartment).

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The Crumbling of the Belle Reve Plantation

The ballet was a truly spectacular piece of dance theater that Los Angeles is sure to be talking about for a long time. Not to mention, the Scottish Ballet sure had a blast in sunny Los Angeles.

 

If you missed the performance, make sure you mark your calendars for the next Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center presentation in June, with Tchaikovsky by Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. This grand artistic ballet explores the intriguing life and creative drive of the composer. Set to Tchaikovsky’s most popular pieces and choreographed by Boris Eifman, the ballet showcases characters from Tchaikovsky’s work who materialize as demons, fairies and other fantastical characters, pushing and pulling the composer from torment to the brink of ecstasy. Performances are June 23 & 24, 2017 at 7:30PM and on June 25,2017 at 2PM. Tickets are available here.