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March 16, 1995 | MAKI BECKER
Three San Fernando Valley students will be among the competitors at the seventh annual Music Center Spotlight Awards next week for scholarships of $5,000 and $2,500. Zane Musa of Arleta, Cameron Penn of Tarzana and Marti Williams of Burbank are finalists for the awards, which will be presented Wednesday in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Musa will compete in the pop and musical theater vocal category, andPenn and Williams will be going head-to-head in the jazz instrumental category.
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October 17, 2012 | By Susan King
The Hollywood Film Awards on Wednesday announced its winners of this year's Hollywood Spotlight Awards. The recipients will be honored at a gala ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 22 The winners are Samantha Banks ("Les Miserables"), Bella Heathcote ("Not Fade Away"), Tom Holland ("The Impossible"), John Magaro ("Not Fade Away"), Ezra Miller ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") and Kelly Reilly ("Flight"). PHOTOS: Celebrities by the Times "We are very excited that we will be able to recognize acting talents that are on the road to discovery and stardom," said Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Awards in a statement.
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March 12, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six local high school performers were named Spotlight Awards winners Tuesday night at the Music Center. The winners were named by a panel of judges after competing in a live show hosted by actor Gregory Harrison. At stake was $45,000 in scholarships.
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November 5, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Calle 13, the Puerto Rican half-sibling, alt-hip-hop duo, is a group that hardly needs more accolades to make its presence known. If not at the pinnacle of their careers, the stepbrothers René Pérez Joglar, the lead singer known as Residente, and Eduardo José Cabra Martínez, a.k.a. Visitante, surely are entering into Andean altitudes. Building on their huge Puerto Rican following, they've been playing to sell-out crowds in South America and the United States. Already a multiple Latin Grammy and one-time Grammy award winner, Calle 13 leads the pack of this year's Latin Grammy nominees with five.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1992 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN
Tanisha Miller, an Oxnard High School senior, had never sung alone in public before she performed before judges from the Music Center of Los Angeles County in November. Christina Shin, a junior at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, has been playing the harp since she was 4 years old, started performing about age 6 and performs classical music regularly at recitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1997
Gasping and squealing as she recounted her triumph in a prestigious performing arts scholarship competition for high school students, 18-year-old Laurie Rubin was no less thrilled the next afternoon as she was Tuesday night at the ninth annual Music Center Spotlight Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gasping and squealing as she recounted her triumph in a prestigious performing arts scholarship competition for high school students, 18-year-old Laurie Rubin was no less thrilled the next afternoon than she had been Tuesday night at the ninth annual Music Center Spotlight Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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April 16, 1993 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three out of three ain't bad. All three San Fernando Valley area finalists won $5,000 each last week in the Music Center's Spotlight Awards competition at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The high school students competed against one challenger each in their respective categories in a contest that aims to encourage professional careers in the performance arts.
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February 26, 1993 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Both dancers stretched their bodies and searched for the right thoughts to block out fear. The judges waited down the hall, ready to validate or reject. Months of hard work were about to boil down to minutes on the hard floor. But this is the pressure Natalie Willes and Tiana Alvarez have sought since they were little girls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1991 | GEORGE HATCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Shameka Bell was a preschooler, her mother placed her in a chorus for tots at the Park Windsor Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Apparently, Mom is quite the talent scout. Bell, now a 16-year-old living in Torrance, is fresh from winning a $5,000 first-place prize in the Music Center Spotlight Awards, a prestigious performing arts competition for high school seniors.
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April 7, 2002 | Patt Diroll; Ann Conway
Start them young. That's been standard operating procedure ever since Walter Grauman established the Music Center Spotlight Awards as a springboard for young talent 14 years ago. And the bar gets higher every year. Fewer than 200 students auditioned in 1988; now nearly 1,400 apply for the competitions. Each fall, applications are sent to public and private high schools from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UCLA gave you Francis Ford Coppola. USC, George Lucas. Cal State Northridge offers up A.C. Manzano, a former intern at Paramount Studios and DreamWorks SKG, who is learning the corporate side of the movie-making business. While richer, slicker film schools turn out A-list talent, Northridge's arts, media and communication department produces the administrative staffers who make movies happen. It recently was named the best film school in California by the Assn.
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March 18, 2001 | IRIS SCHNEIDER, Los Angeles Times
Fourteen Southern California high school students stood poised last week to leap not only across a Los Angeles dance studio, but also perhaps into the world of professional dance. The students, some of L.A.'s finest, had a chance to stretch and grow with a master when Matthew Rushing, a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, taught a master class in jazz and modern dance to the group of Music Center Spotlight semifinalists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE
Seven high school students from the San Fernando Valley are among 73 semifinalists in the Los Angeles Music Center's 13th annual Spotlight Awards competition. The competition, created in 1988, recognizes top students in six performing arts categories including ballet, classical voice and jazz instrumental. Winners receive monetary awards that can be applied toward furthering their performing arts careers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000
Alex Torrico, 17, of Huntington Beach took first-place honors in classical voice at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County's 12th annual Spotlight Awards competition Monday in Los Angeles. The young baritone, one of 12 finalists from Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Diego counties, won $5,000. Ballet dancer Jamie Brianne Dee, 17, of Orange and cellist Paul Wiancko, 16, of San Clemente each won $2,500 awards. The Spotlight Awards were created in 1988.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2000 | NANCY FORREST
A ninth-grader at Laurel Springs School in Ojai has been selected as one of two finalists in the ballet category of a regional performing arts contest. Jennifer Whalen, 14, of Ventura will have her final competition next Monday at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles as part of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County's Spotlight Awards program. "I was so happy and felt so honored and fortunate to be selected," Jennifer said. "The competition was so hectic but so exciting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000
Alex Torrico, 17, of Huntington Beach took first-place honors in classical voice at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County's 12th annual Spotlight Awards competition Monday in Los Angeles. The young baritone, one of 12 finalists from Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Diego counties, won $5,000. Ballet dancer Jamie Brianne Dee, 17, of Orange and cellist Paul Wiancko, 16, of San Clemente each won $2,500 awards. The Spotlight Awards were created in 1988.
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April 20, 1999 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Music Center's supporters will tell you: The energy that fills the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on this night every year is special. It's not the fashion-conscious frenzy of the Oscars or the rarefied delicacy of the Philharmonic. It's more about nurturing young careers and building the next generation of arts lovers. Tonight the 11th annual Spotlight Awards are held.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1999 | DIANE WEDNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thirteen of the area's best young singers, dancers and musicians are stretching their artistic muscles in the Music Center of Los Angeles County's Spotlight Awards program, at which they attend master classes taught by noted artists. The program--founded by Walter Grauman in 1988 to showcase and develop young artists--attracted 700 hopefuls from around Southern California this year, 59 of whom recently made it to the master-class level.
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