STUDENTS DEVOTED TO ARTS.Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer
SIMI VALLEY Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. - Victor Gould grew up listening to his dad's jazz records Jazz Records is a United States jazz record company specialising in the issue of previously unreleased recordings from the family archive of jazz pianist Lennie Tristano. See also
For 11 years, Gould has rarely missed playing the instrument to which he's become very attached - and the dedication has paid off for the 16-year-old, who has been named a finalist in the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County Music Center's prestigious Spotlight Awards.
``I feel it comes from inside,'' said the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA or Arts High) is a public high school that operates on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Though it shares facilities with the university, the two schools' activities tend to be separate. 11th-grader who lives in Simi Valley. ``When you start to learn more and more, it's easier to play what you feel.''
No stranger to winning competitions, Gould seems to have a healthy attitude about the recognition.
``To me, these competitions are not a reflection of how good you really are, but it's nice,'' said Gould, who recently won a scholarship to attend Boston's Berklee College this summer. ``The music is the true reward, not the money.'' The young man plans to make music his career by either playing or writing for a big band or writing musical compositions for films.
Past winners of the Music Center's competition have gone on to pursue careers in their fields, including joining the American Ballet American Ballet was the first professional ballet company George Balanchine created in the United States. The company was founded with the help of Lincoln Kirstein, and was populated by students of Kirstein and Balanchine's School of American Ballet. Theater and making their operatic debuts at the Metropolitan, said Jeri Gaile Jeri Gaile is an American actress, best known for playing Rose McKay in the television drama series Dallas from 1989 to 1991. Gaile is currently Director of the Spotlight Awards program for the Los Angeles Music Center. , director of the Spotlight Awards.
``These kinds of prestigious competitions - when they're done well, with care and nurturing - they're very important to the students' careers,'' Gaile said. ``We feel we're a launching pad for them.''
Along with Gould, Glendale ballet dancer Gregory Arakelian and Newbury Park tap dancer Melinda Sullivan, 16, beat out 800 Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, student performers to be among the 12 finalists in the 16th annual performing arts competition.
``When you have become a Spotlight finalist, it is a very clear indication of extraordinary talent,'' said Ann Bradley, media director for the Music Center.
Arakelian, 18, who began dancing at the age of 9, received rigorous training in Armenia, where he studied dance in the Russian technique. He continued his training at the Pasadena Dance Theater The German Tanztheater ("dance theatre") grew out of German expressionist dance. Its most influential performers are Pina Bausch and Susanne Linke. when his family moved to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. four years ago.
``It's my life, my whole being. I can't imagine life without it,'' said the senior at Arshag Dickranian Armenian School. He's received a competitive scholarship from the American Ballet Theater that will allow him to take classes there this summer. ``I want to become a professional ballet dancer for a major company.''
Students who make it to the finals in the competition would rather rehearse or study their craft than spend time ``hanging out,'' Gaile said.
``You have to be at the top of your game. These are all kids who are extremely dedicated and committed to their craft and they're very serious,'' Gaile said. ``They're the best of the best.''
The Spotlight Awards program, which began in 1988 to help gifted high school students who plan performing or visual arts visual arts npl → artes fpl plásticas
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The performing arts finalists will perform on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center (which is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the United States). The Music Center's other halls include the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. on April 17 at the Spotlight Awards gala. Winners will receive $6,000 and the runners-up $3,000.
Naush Boghossian, (818) 546-3306
(1 -- color) Victor Gould, who spends much of his time at the piano, is a finalist in the Los Angeles County Music Center's prestigious Spotlight Awards.
(2) Victor Gould, who won a scholarship to Boston's Berklee College this summer, said his aim is music, not money.
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