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Tribute to the Classical Arts

Will Coviello on the Big Easy Foundation's annual tribute to the best in dance, opera and classical music

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Tribute to the Classical Arts 2012
  • Corbin Popp and Ian Carney will receive a Special Recognition Award for their original work Darwin the Dinosaur.

The Big Easy Foundation has announced 2012 special awards and the nominees for outstanding performances of classical music, opera, ballet, and ethnic and contemporary dance in 2011. Winners will be announced at the 18th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Hotel Monteleone.

  Musician and educator Milton Bush will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A lifelong New Orleanian, he's a graduate of Warren Easton High School, Southeastern Louisiana University and LSU and has played trombone professionally in traditional jazz groups, symphony orchestras and orchestras for operas and musicals. Bush founded the University of New Orleans band program and served as its director for two decades, and he served as president and conductor of the New Orleans Pops Orchestra. He's still an active member of the Crescent City Jazz Band, Delgado College Jazz Band and the New Orleans Trombone Choir.

  In 1962, Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) was created to expose children to chamber music. On its 50th anniversary, the group presents a full range of music, dance, theater, poetry and visual arts to students in after-school, summer and other programs. YALA will receive the Arts Education Award for its work with local children.

  Samuel L. Steele III will be honored with the Arts Patron Award. A successful businessman and philanthropist, he has supported many local arts organizations, particularly the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. He also has supported the New Orleans Opera Association, New Orleans Ballet Association, YALA, and a host of other arts and education organizations and other causes.

  A Special Recognition award will go to Ian Carney and Corbin Popp, founders of CORBiAN Visual Arts and Dance, for their original work Darwin the Dinosaur. The all-ages piece combined dance, visual storytelling and innovative use of electroluminescent wire to create colorful illusions.

  The Big Easy Foundation created Tribute to the Classical Arts in 1994 to recognize achievement in the arts in the New Orleans area. Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, which awards grants to support arts education and development.

  The Feb. 9 luncheon will feature performances by nominated musicians and dance groups. The luncheon is sponsored by Gambit, 89.9 WWNO, Adler's, Hall Piano, Hotel Monteleone and Uptown Costume and Dancewear. Tickets are $45 and tables of 10 are available. For information or reservations, call David Melerine at 483-3129.

Sammy L. Steele III will receive the Arts Patron Award.
  • Sammy L. Steele III will receive the Arts Patron Award.

2012 Classical Arts Awards

Special Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award
Milton Bush

Arts Patron Award
Sammy L. Steele, III

Arts Education Award
Young Audiences of Louisiana

Special Recognition
Ian Carney and Corbin Popp
Darwin the Dinosaur

 

 

Classical Music & Opera Awards Nominations

 

Best Classical Music Performance

Mahler Symphony No. 1
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater

Mahler Symphony No. 7
LPO
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
LPO
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
First Baptist Church, New Orleans

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
LPO
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Vadim Gluzman, Violin
Mahalia Jackson Theater

Young Audiences of Louisiana will receive the Arts Education Award, recognizing its 50 years of arts programming for children.
  • Young Audiences of Louisiana will receive the Arts Education Award, recognizing its 50 years of arts programming for children.

Best Chamber Music Presentation

A Tribute to Klauspeter Seibel
Musaica
Munholland Methodist Church, Metairie

Masterworks in Brass
New Orleans Uptown Brass
Chamber Music Outreach Project/St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church

Musica del Mondo
Nolacelli
Rogers Chapel


Best Performance of New Classical Music (Contemporary)

Elegy-Caprice
Scott Slapin
Scott Slapin
Trinity Episcopal Church

Shadows
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
LPO
Mahalia Jackson Theater

An Unquiet Spirit: Madams, Madmen, and Other Unsavory Characters

Jonathan Hays, Creator/Recitalist
JeAnne Moniz Swinley, Creator/Recitalist
Loyola Montage Series
Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Best Opera Production

Bizet's The Pearl Fishers
Robert Lyall, Conductor/Stage Director
New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)
Mahalia Jackson Theater

Verdi's Masked Ball
Robert Lyall, Conductor
Matthew Lata, Stage Director
NOOA
Mahalia Jackson Theater

Verdi's Il Trovatore
Robert Lyall, Conductor
David Lefkowich, Stage Director
NOOA
Mahalia Jackson Theater

Nolacelli's presentation of Musica del Mondo is nominated for Best Performance of New Classical Music.
  • Nolacelli's presentation of Musica del Mondo is nominated for Best Performance of New Classical Music.

Best Student or Community Opera

Freedom Ride
Dan Shore
John Ware, Director
Longue Vue House and Gardens

Les Mamelles de Tiresias
Carol Rausch, Music Director
Dugg McDonough, Stage Director
Loyola Opera Theatre
Loyola University, Nunemaker Auditorium

Susannah
Carol Rausch, Music Director
Octavio Cardenas, Stage Director
Loyola Opera Theatre
Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Creative Achievement In Opera

ee me & pollock thee
Francis Scully, Musical Director
Jonathan Freilich and Adam Falik
Marigny Opera House

Puccini's Turandot
Robert Lyall, Conductor/Stage Director
New Orleans Opera Association
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The Touches of Sweet Harmony: A Gala Tribute to Ellen and Philip Frohnmayer
Carol Rausch, Pianist/Conductor
Loyola University and The Frohnmayer Reunion
Loyola University, Roussel Hall
Best Choral Arts Presentation

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and LPO
Holy Name of Jesus Church

Our Favorite Things
New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus
UNO, Performing Arts Center

Rossini's Stabat Mater
St Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and LPO
St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church

Musician and educator Milton Bush will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Musician and educator Milton Bush will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dance Awards Nominations


Best Classical Ballet Presentation

Concerto in F
NODA Spring Dance Performance
Ballet Hysell
Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Nutcracker
Delta Festival Ballet
Tulane University, Dixon Hall

Song For Guy
Love Lies Bleeding
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
NOCCA, Lupin Memorial Hall


Best Modern Dance Presentation

Once Upon A Woman
Southern Voices: Dance Out Loud 4
Donley Dance Project
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Syndrome
Retrospective: A Concert Celebrating 20 Years of Innovative Dance
Lula Elzy Dance Theatre
Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Tunnels
Ghostwalk
Tsunami DanceMarigny Opera House

Syndrome from Lula Elzy Dance Theatre's Retrospective show is nominated for Best Modern Dance Presentation.
  • Syndrome from Lula Elzy Dance Theatre's Retrospective show is nominated for Best Modern Dance Presentation.

Best Ethnic Dance Presentation

D'Jeli Dong
Visit To Africa
Culu Children's Traditional African Dance Company
Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Orisha Suite
GOMELA: 30th Year Anniversary Concert
Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective
CAC

Something Sweet
Southern Voices: Dance Out Loud 4
Young Audiences of Louisiana
CAC


Best Contemporary/Jazz Dance Presentation

Caliente
Southern Voices: Dance Out Loud 4
D'Project
CAC

Crocodile Tap
Love Lies Bleeding
NOCCA
NOCCA, Lupin Memorial Hall

Sorry Seems to Be...
Love Lies Bleeding
NOCCA
NOCCA, Lupin Memorial Hall

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's presentation of Mahler's Symphony No. 7 is nominated for Best Classical Music Performance.
  • The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's presentation of Mahler's Symphony No. 7 is nominated for Best Classical Music Performance.

Best Choreography (New Work)

Anne Burr
Bolluminos
Southern Voices: Dance Out Loud 4
Anne Burr Dance Project
Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Griffin Collins III
Blow
Mere Expressions
Synergy Dance Productions
Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Chard Gonzalez
Bennie and the Jets
Love Lies Bleeding
NOCCA, Lupin Memorial Hall

Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective is nominated for Best Ethnic Dance Presentation.
  • Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective is nominated for Best Ethnic Dance Presentation.

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