How to Create an Awesome Spotlight Audition Video

Alyssa Allen Spotlight Awards

Our Spotlight Program – a free scholarship, training program and competition for high school kids in southern California – is back for it’s 28th year and applications are open now.  This amazing program has helped to foster some of the biggest and brightest talent in the performing arts, with artists like Misty Copeland, and Josh Groban among it’s extensive roster of alumni!

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This year, we’re asking all applicants to submit a video performance as part of their application, and to show just how easy and fun the video process can be, we teamed up with another Spotlight alum, the brilliant Melinda Sullivan, to create the ultimate “how-to” video!  Have a look…

So whether you sing, dance, act, or play an instrument, if you’re a talented SoCal teen (or perhaps the teacher or parent of one) looking for an amazing opportunity to expand your skills, broaden your talent and potentially win a $5000 scholarship, upload your application to the Spotlight Awards program ASAP!  Applications close on October 19th, so hop to it!


Almost time for Ailey


AAADT in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Photo by James R. Brantley

We’ve been talking about it for months (and can you blame us?) One of America’s most beloved dance companies is returning to LA this April and we can hardly wait!  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will take our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage April 15-19th and, whether you’ve seen them a dozen times or never before, this is one Ailey engagement you won’t want to miss… In fact you may want to come to a few shows because there are 3 completely different programs among the six performances!

How do you know which show to see?  Well, we’ve created this handy dandy quiz to help you figure out which program best fits your personality and likes, but here’s a more general breakdown of how the shows are divided up and why each program totally rocks….


Power of Ailey – April 15th @7:30pm & 18th @7:30pm

This program is the only one of the 3 that does not include Alvin Ailey’s beloved work Revelations.  So if that’s a must see for you, then consider one of the other performances.  Power of Ailey packs a powerful punch of new and exciting works from Ulysses Dove, David Parsons, Hofesh Shechter and Ohad Naharin.  Each piece is brimming with athleticism, strength and innovative choreography that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Dove’s Episodes dramatically exposes the eternal dilemma’s between men and women through explosive choreography. And Parsons’ signature solo Caught is a breathtaking fusion of art and technology, with the dancer executing a continual series of over 100 leaps synchronized to the flashes of a strobe light, creating a stunning suspension of weight.  Schechter’s Uprising uses an all male cast and is set to some of the choreographer’s own music.  While Naharin’s Minus 16 has been creating a buzz in the dance world for sometime now and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to asap!  Get ready to be amazed!

AAADT'S Hope Boykin in Matthew Rushing's ODETTA  Photo by Steve Wilson

AAADT’S Hope Boykin in Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA Photo by Steve Wilson

Soul of Ailey – April 16th @7:30 & 19th @2pm

If you’re literally looking for something a bit more soulful, this is the program for you.  Soul features the west coast premiere of Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA – a ballet based on the life of the activist singer Odetta Holmes – as well as classic works from Ulysses Dove and Alvin Ailey himself.  The program has some of THE BEST music of the engagement, and promises to be a truly moving production.

Matthew Rushing is actually an LA native – having attended LACHSA and performed as a finalist in our own Spotlight Awards – so we are especially proud to host the west coast premiere of his ODETTA.  Dove’s Bad Blood depicts a desperate and futile search for connection through physical impact, and was actually a precursor to Episodes.  And Alvin Ailey’s signature work, Revelations, closes out this program.  If you’ve never seen it, now is the time.  It is one of the most moving works ever to grace the stage!

AAADT in Aszure Barton's LIFT.  Photo by Paul Kolnik

AAADT in Aszure Barton’s LIFT. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Joy of Ailey – April 17th @7:30 & 18th @2pm

And finally, our Joy of Ailey program brings together a beautiful mix of moving, and high energy pieces guaranteed to put a smile on your face! With in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton’s Lift getting things started, this program takes an energetic bend.  Barton’s work has been described by Dance Magazine as “vulnerable and feisty, brightly adept yet peculiar, witty and impetuously wild.”  Who doesn’t want some of that?

And Hans van Manen’s Polish Pieces continues the mood by creating a brilliant kaleidoscope of energy through the shapes and movement of 12 colorfully clad dancers.  Then Christopher Wheeldon’s masterpiece After The Rain adds a touch of elegant calmness to the fold, before the show closes again with Ailey’s Revelations.  If you want to leave the theater in the best mood ever, opt for the Joy of Ailey program.  It’s a dead lock!

Hope to see you at one, two, or all three of our Ailey programs!  Tickets have been going fast so be sure to snag your seats asap!



We’ve got an all new photo challenge open to everyone who loves the arts and loves LA!

Especially for Valentine’s Day, we want you to share a picture of some form or representation of the arts in Los Angeles. It could be a snap of one of our many museums, or a pic of someone dancing on stage, a cool painting, a program of a show you recently saw, or an amazing street art mural. So long as it’s artistic and in LA, it counts!

Share your pic to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag: #Heart4ArtsLA and your photo could be selected to be featured on The Music Center’s blog, website and social channels this Valentine’s Day (because we love you!) Share as many pictures as you like, there’s no limit!

Challenge open from now till February 13th – So get posting!

Our Anniversary Guest Book

Turning 50 is no small feat (especially when you’re an arts organization!) But in celebration of The Music Center’s 50th Anniversary, we asked some of our email subscribers and generous donors if they’d be kind enough to leave a note in our “digital guestbook” with their own memories of The Music Center and best wishes for our future.  And well, shucks, we were blown away by all the sweet notes, and amazing comments that you all left!

So here it is, our anniversary guest book filled with YOUR memories and comments…

Thank you all so much for your well wishes and making The Music Center a part of YOUR Los Angeles!  If you didn’t get to sign the book,  you can still leave your message for our 50th by clicking here:  SUBMIT YOUR MEMORY

Our 50th Anniversary

With an anniversary comes a history… A history of shows, artists, amazing moments, little memories, date nights, curtain calls, dress rehearsals, standing ovations and so much more.

The Music Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on December 6th and 7th.  We have some incredible events lined up for the occasion, including an all-star performance and gala on the 6th, which will highlight all of our resident companies, and the Academy Awards long tenure in our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, as well as all the extraordinary individuals like Dorothy Chandler, who, with their dedication and contributions, have made the last 50 years possible.

Following that will be a celebratory party inside the Pavilion on December 7th that toasts the future of The Music Center and all the amazing things the next 50 years will no doubt bring.  Tickets and more information on both events are available on our website.

But beyond the celebration, this anniversary is also about the many people who have come to The Music Center over years – The performers, the employees, the patrons and the audiences.  It’s about what this cultural landmark means to THEM, and how the things they’ve seen and experienced at The Music Center have effected their lives and what it means to Los Angeles…

What’s your Music Center story?  Leave a comment below and let us know! 

This Week @MusicCenterLA

It’s a jam packed one with lots to choose from! Our quick digest to help sort it out is below…

This Week @MusicCenterLA

Closing this week:

With only two performances left of LA Opera‘s Dido & Aeneas / Bluebeard’s Castle, be sure to catch one of them as the last show is this Saturday! Bonus: Read these 13 Things You Didn’t Know about the production!

Opening this week:

Are you in the mood for something raucously funny this week? Center Theatre Group presents Joe Orton’s 1969 British comedy What the Butler Saw opening Wednesday night at the Mark Taper Forum. In its day it was considered a scandalous play… See what you think 45 years later!

The LA Phil presents the Academy of Ancient Music for one night only, and then presents a three-performance run of Ravel & Elgar.

The LA Master Chorale will be in the Walt Disney Concert Hall with Renaissance: Reawakened, in which you’ll hear the music that graced the cathedral halls during the Renaissance.

While the REDCAT has an extremely busy week with dynamic programming almost every night of the week, we recommend Studio: Fall 2014. Not often do we as audiences get to experience an artist’s process, but this is one of LA’s own unique exceptions to that rule.

Ongoing daily throughout the week and all the way through to March is the ASCAP: One-Hundred Years and Beyond exhibit in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Free and open to the public!

See you at the Center!

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