Classical Arts Awards

Photos from Gambit's 17th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts.



The Big Easy Foundation announced winners for 2010 performances of dance, opera and classical music at its 17th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon on Monday, Feb. 7. Several nominated artists also performed at the event, demonstrating a diverse array of New Orleans' cultural activity. There was an excerpt from An Embarrassing Position, an opera produced by the Xavier University Opera Workshop. Members of the Japan Club's Minyo Dance Group entertained attendees with the traditional folk dance Kawachi Otoko Bushi, and Delta Festival Ballet presented a dance set to Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine."

  Patricia Sallier Seals was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her six-decade career providing musical instruction to youth. Dr. Jean Montes of Loyola University and director of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras received special recognition for creating the Haitian Youth Music Relief program, which has delivered hundreds of donated instruments to children affected by Haiti's devastating January 2010 earthquake.

  The event was dedicated to Klauspeter Seibel, the first full-time music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, who died on Jan. 24 at the age of 74. He served as musical director from 1995 to 2005 and was the principal guest conductor through 2010.

  Tribute to the Classical Arts is sponsored by Gambit, WWNO 89.9 FM, Hall Piano Company, Coleman E. Adler & Sons, Uptown Costume & Dancewear, John and Anne Burr and the Hotel Monteleone. Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, which support arts education through annual grants.

2010 Classical Arts Awards

Special Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award

Patricia Sallier Seals

Arts Education Award

Karel Sloane-Boekbinder

Special Recognition Award

Dr. Jean Montes

Arts Patron Award

Drs. R. Ranney and Emel Mize

Best Classical Music Performance

Schubert Unfinished


Klauspeter Seibel, Conductor

First Baptist Church, New Orleans

Best Chamber Music Performance

Members of the LPO and Friends

Trinity Artist Series

Trinity Episcopal Church

Best Performance of New Classical Music (Contemporary)The Passion of Joan of Arc

Paul Goussot

St. Louis Cathedral Concert Series

St. Louis Cathedral

Best Opera ProductionThe Magic Flute

New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)

Robert Lyall, Conductor

Mahalia Jackson Theater

Creative Achievement in OperaAn Embarrassing Position

Dan Shore, Composer

Opera Workshop

Xavier University of Louisiana

Best Choral Arts PresentationThe Verdi Requiem


Mahalia Jackson Theater

Best Classical Ballet Production


New Orleans Ballet Theatre

NOCCA, Lupin Hall

Best Modern Dance PresentationNature Boy

Blake Coheley, Choreographer

NOCCA, Lupin Hall

Best Ethnic Dance ProductionBon Odori

Japan Club Minyo Dance Group

Japan Fest, New Orleans Museum of Art

Best Choregraphy (new work)

Gregory Schramel


New Orleans Ballet Theatre

NOBT Spring Series


NOCCA, Lupin Hall

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