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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MUSIC CENTER & A 4PACK TICKET GIVEAWAY

A-Journey-Through-the-Music-CenterStudies have shown that engaging children in music education from an early age can help improve their focus as well as their academic achievements and may even impact their emotional health. But how many schools offer such an enrichment opportunity?

To fill that need, California’s longest-continuing free arts education initiative, The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival, returns to The Music Center for its 44th year, on April 9-11, 2014.  This Festival responds to the challenges facing schools that continue to see significant cuts in arts and music programs. This year, students participating in the Festival will experience a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company.  The company’s choreographer, Paul Taylor, is one of America’s greatest living pioneers of modern dance.

Michael Trusnovec with Sean Mahoney and Orion Duckstein in Paul Taylor's Banquet of Vultures. Photo by Tom Caravaglia.After the performance, the students will join with their peers from all over Los Angeles County on The Music Center Plaza in a dance inspired by Paul Taylor’s work and choreographed just for them. Every student  who attends the Festival will receive a copy of the book, A Journey Through The Music Center, which introduces them to The Music Center and various aspects of the performing arts. The Music Center is offering Good Reads with Ronna readers an opportunity to get a copy of A Journey Through The Music Center for free; the book has traditionally been available only to students who attend the festival. A Journey Through The Music Center is available in limited quantities for a limited period of time. Parents/guardians can visit The Music Center’s web site to request a copy at http://www.musiccenter.org/education/Blue-Ribbon-Childrens-Festival-Book/

This keepsake book makes information about the performing arts very accessible and understandable. Parents and students will especially appreciate the book’s attention to the vocabulary words. What is an oboe? What is a resident company? What does it meant to strike the set? What does a theater house manager do? Students will be able to answer those questions and more as they enjoy the book’s beautiful photographs and illustrations, storylines and special attention to personalizing the experiences associated with the performing arts.

Julie Tice and Michael Trusnovec in Paul Taylor's Banquet of Vultures. Photo by Tom Caravaglia.HOW TO ENTER GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate the performing arts, beginning today, Wednesday, March 19th, we’re offering readers the chance to win one family four pack of tickets to the April 11, 2014 opening night performance at 7:30 p.m. of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Click here for more info about the performance.

Simply LIKE us on Facebook and also send us your name and contact info in an email by clicking here by midnight PST on April 2, 2014 to be entered to win. Remember to write MUSIC CENTER in the subject line. This winner and three guests will attend the Friday, April 11, 2014 opening night performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at Will Call on the evening of the performance for collection. The winner will be selected by Random.org and notified on April 3, 2014. Good luck!

 

 

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Free Books on The Performing Arts & Traces Tickets Giveaway

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Money’s tight not only for families but for school districts all over L.A. Cutbacks mean many of our schools have had to eliminate arts education programs. As parents we must try not let the state’s budget cuts impact our kids because who knows – we may be raising the next Bernadette Peters, Leonard Bernstein or Justin Timberlake?!

Because of that, it’s great to know that The Music Center’s longest-running education program, The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival, will continue to bring exciting performing arts experiences for free to more than 18,000 fifth grade students from all over LA County from April 23-25 of this year. Students will experience the power of live performing arts as they see a performance from Traces, a modern brand of circus infused with the energy of street performance, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Afterwards, they will dance together, en masse, on The Music Center Plaza, a dance they have rehearsed in advance in their classrooms, incorporating music and movements from the professional performance. Every student who attends the Festival will receive a copy of the book, A Journey Through The Music Center, which introduces them to The Music Center and various aspects of the performing arts.

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And now for the first time, The Music Center is offering parents and guardians an opportunity to get a copy of A Journey Through The Music Center for free; formerly the book has been available only to students who attended the festival. The book is available in limited quantities for a limited period of time. Parents/guardians can visit www.musiccenter.org/festivalbook to request a copy.

This keepsake book makes information about the performing arts very accessible and understandable. Parents and students will especially appreciate the book’s attention to the vocabulary words. What is an oboe? What is a resident company? What does it meant to strike the set? What does a theater house manager do? Students will be able to answer those questions and more as they enjoy the book’s beautiful photographs and illustrations, storylines and special attention to personalizing the experiences associated with the performing arts.

To celebrate the performing arts, Good Reads With Ronna is giving away a $220 four pack of tickets to the Friday, April 26, 2013 performance at 7:30 p.m. of Traces at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Just click here to enter. You must include your name, phone number, email and postal address in the email to be officially entered into the giveaway. Tickets will be available at Will Call on the evening of performance.  Click here for the rules or scroll down below.  The giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at midnight and the winner will be selected and notified on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Good luck!

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Beginning Thursday, April 18 we’re offering one reader the chance to win a family four pack to see TRACES worth a total value of $220 ($55 each)     at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Simply LIKE us on Facebook and also send us your name and contact info in an email to Ronna.L.Mandel@gmail.com by midnight Tuesday, April 23, 2013 and you’ll be entered to win. Remember to write ARTS in the subject line. This winner and three guests will attend the Friday, April 26, 2013 performance at 7:30 p.m. with tickets available at Will Call for collection.
  2. The giveaway opportunity ends at midnight on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 and one winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. For an additional entry please follow us on Twitter @goodreadsronna too! If you don’t provide an email where you can be contacted your chance to win is forfeited.
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