16 outstanding high school students have been announced as finalists for the 25th Annual Music Center Spotlight Awards. The top two students in each performing arts category will perform during the Spotlight Awards final show at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday, May 4, 2013, during which the judges will announce first place and runner up in all categories.
Finalists were selected from more than 2,200 Southern California students who participated in the program. 1,230 applicants auditioned in the six performing arts categories: ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental and jazz instrumental. 1,017 applicants submitted artwork in the visual arts categories: 2-dimensional art and photography. This year’s finalists represent a broad range of backgrounds and come from schools throughout Southern California.
Unlike other award programs of its kind, Spotlight has set itself apart by creating a supportive and inclusive environment where all students can come to audition regardless of background or training, securing a talent-filled and diverse pool of applicants each season. Since its inaugural 1988 year, the Spotlight program has touched the lives of over 40,000 aspiring artists, undoubtedly contributing to the vibrancy of Los Angeles’s cultural community.
The Music Center’s Spotlight Awards is one of the Nation’s most acclaimed performing and visual arts education programs for teens, offering training in the arts and awarding more than $100,000 in scholarships annually to finalists and semifinalists.
The program has launched numerous professional careers – fifteen finalists are Presidential Scholars, and many have joined or performed with professional companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Many alumni return to the program and participate as judges and master class instructors. Fredric M. Roberts is founding chairman of The Music Center Spotlight Awards and Walter Grauman is creator/executive producer. The Music Center Spotlight Awards is supported by Bank of America and Helen and Peter Bing. For more information about The Music Center Spotlight program, visit musiccenter.org/spotlight or join the conversation on facebook.com/spotlightawards.
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A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world’s premier arts destinations by creating opportunities for arts participation, enabling compelling programming and providing first-class venues and services. The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country, creating a cultural hub that is central to L.A.’s status as “the creative capital” of the world. Celebrated for its illustrious dance programming Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and home to four world-class resident companies– Centre Theatre Group, LA Opera, LA Phil, and Los Angeles Master Chorale – The Music Center is the place to experience the most innovative and critically-acclaimed performing arts in the nation. In its effort to extend the reach and accessibility of the performing arts, The Music Center is a national model for experiences in which people participate directly through its Active Arts® at The Music Center. As well, The Music Center presents special productions, events and festivals for children and families, including World CityTM at The Music Center. Each year, over one million audience members delight in the excitement of live performances on The Music Center’s stages and enjoy free community arts events all year long across its outdoor campus. The Music Center is also on the forefront of arts education in Los Angeles, providing arts resources to students and teachers in schools and community centers throughout the region. For more information, visit www.musiccenter.org.