Nearly 18,000 LA County fifth graders descend on The Music Center over three days to experience the performing arts
Los Angeles, CA (February 27, 2019) – For three days in March 2019, nearly 18,000 elementary school children from nearly 200 schools in Los Angeles County will arrive at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to see a special performance and to dance during the 49th annual Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival. Designed specifically for fifth grade students, The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival is an admission-free program where students—many for the first time—experience a live professional performance at The Music Center, Los Angeles’ world-class performing arts center, and then perform a short choreographed dance piece all together. This year’s Festival will feature the wildly innovative Australian dance company Circa Contemporary Circus in a presentation of Humans. Hailed as “poetry in motion” by the Australian Times, Humans was created by Yaron Lifschitz and features 10 acrobats who take audiences on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are.
The 2019 Children’s Festival dates are:
- Tuesday, March 5; 9:45am & 11:30am (media are invited to attend both shows.)
- Wednesday, March 6; 9:45am & 11:30am
- Thursday, March 7; 9:45am & 11:30am
Prior to the Festival, The Blue Ribbon and The Music Center‘s education team develop and provide schools from across the county with standards-based curriculum materials, background on the guest artists and classroom activities designed to prepare students for the performance they will be viewing. Students also learn and practice their own dance, which is modeled on the professionalchoreography they will experience during the Festival. They also learn about audience etiquette, what to watch for during the performance, dance history and terminology.
“The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival is such an important highlight on The Blue Ribbon calendar, and we’re delighted to be able to present it again this year—it’s the 49th edition,” said Jill Baldauf, Blue Ribbon President. “Our continuing goal as Blue Ribbon members is to help enrich the lives of the greater Los Angeles community. Nothing exemplifies this commitment more than the Children's Festival. Our hope is that all 18,000 fifth graders that walk through the doors of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
this week will be the performing arts. We know arts education improves all education."
“Art has the ability to open lines of communication and transform lives, which is why The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival continues to be an inspiration to us all,” said The Music Center’s President and CEO Rachel Moore. "This annual celebration is a perfect example of The Music Center’s vision to deepen the cultural lives of all residents in Los Angeles County. The outstanding work of The Blue Ribbon continues to open children’s eyes to the power of the arts.”
About the 2019 Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival
As California’s longest continuing free arts and education initiative, the 2019 Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival is presented by The Blue Ribbon, the premier women's support organization for The Music Center.
Countywide, fifth grade classes from nearly 200 participating schools receive advance
standard-based curriculum materials, background on the guest artists and classroom activities designed to prepare students for the performance they will be viewing. Inspired by Circa Contemporary Circus performances, The Music Center created choreography specifically for the students with distributed teaching video links to the teachers for instruction. Students also learn about audience etiquette, what to watch for during the performance, dance history and terminology.
All students who participate in the Festival receive a keepsake book, A Journey Through The Music Center. The book was completely revised this year to reflect The Music Center and its resident companies of today. Describing The Music Center’s four theatres and various aspects of live performance, A Journey Through The Music Center is a generous gift of Blue Ribbon member Maxine Dunitz.
The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival began in 1970 as part of The Music Center’s commitment to engage young people in the arts. Nearly 900,000 children have participated in the Festival since itsinception. More than 125 Blue Ribbon members volunteer over the three-day period to keep the Festival running smoothly.
The Blue Ribbon Chairs for the 2019 Festival are Karen Bedrosian Coyne and Cheryl Petersen.
About The Blue Ribbon
For over 50 years, The Blue Ribbon remains the premier women’s support organization for The Music Center. The Blue Ribbon enriches the lives of the greater Los Angeles community through its commitment to arts education, volunteerism and financial support for The Music Center and its resident companies. Created in 1968 by Dorothy Buffum Chandler to raise funds for The Music Center, its education programs and its resident companies, The Blue Ribbon has contributed more than $75 million as part of its commitment to uphold artistic excellence in programming on The Music Center’s stages and arts education for youth. For more information, visit musiccenter.org/Blue Ribbon and follow The Blue Ribbon on Facebook and Twitter (@BlueRibbonMCLA).
About The Music Center
The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: The Music Center Ops, which manages The Music Center’s four theatres, an outdoor plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles; and The Music Center Arts, which curates a world-class dance series, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center; produces and presents programming in other arts genres with a focus on engagement; and presents nationally recognized arts education programs. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies – Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic. With The Music Center On Location,™ the non-profit performing arts organization brings events and activities to locations outside of its Downtown Los Angeles campus. The Music Center also programs and manages Grand Park, a 12-acre adjacent greenspace, with year-round free programming. For more information, visit musiccenter.org Follow The Music Center on Facebook, and follow @MusicCenterLA on Instagram and