The Big Easy Foundation announced its winners for achievement in opera, dance and classical music at the 16th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts awards luncheon on Tuesday, March 9.
The 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. John Ware, a professor of music at Xavier University of Louisiana and the conductor and music director of the New Orleans Black Chorale. Ware, who called his musical career "a life's journey," thanked his family (many of whom were on hand), his students and his fellow faculty, before telling the audience: "My admonition to you is to continue to shine. Shine. That's the real crowning story of New Orleans."
The Arts Education Award also went to the New Orleans Piano Institute and the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. A Special Recognition Award marked the 40th anniversary of Delta Festival Ballet.
Other awards for performances in 2009 celebrated achievements in classical music, choral singing, opera and ballet, modern and ethnic dance. Several nominated artists performed.
The Tribute to the Classical Arts was sponsored by Gambit, John and Anne Burr, WWNO-FM, Hall Piano Company, Uptown Costume and Dancewear and Coleman E. Adler & Sons. Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, which support arts education through annual grants.
2010 Classical Arts AwardsSpecial Honorees
Lifetime Achievement Award
Arts Education Award
New Orleans Piano Institute
Special Recognition Award
Delta Festival BalletBest Classical Music Performance
Schuman Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky Pathetique, Purely Percussion
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson TheaterBest Chamber Music Performance
J.S. Bach & Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
St. Louis Cathedral Concert Season
Paul Goussot, Joseph Meyer, Jaren Philleo
Catholic Cultural Heritage Center, St. Mary's Chapel Old Ursuline ConventBest Performance of New Classical Music (Contemporary)
Mendelssohn Scottish, Symphony No. 1 "Chimera" by Lera Auerbach
Klauspeter Seibel, Conductor
First Baptist Church, New OrleansBest Opera Production
Robert Lyall, Conductor
Jay Jackson, DirectorCreative Achievement in Opera
A Glorious Gala Concert with Placido Domingo
Robert Lyall, ConductorBest Choral Arts Presentation
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
Steven Edwards, Music Director
Carlos Miguel Prieto, ConductorBest Classical Ballet Production
The 100th Anniversary of the Ballets Russes
Laura Zambrano, Director
Loyola University, Roussel HallBest Modern Dance Presentation
Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre
Chard Gonzalez, Director
Michalopoulos Studio at Fringe FestivalBest Ethnic Dance Production
Tangle Into Tangos (Darkness Into Light)
Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca/D'Project/dance out LOUD2
Michelle Paule, Conductor
Contemporary Arts CenterBest Choregraphy (new work)
NOCCA Spring Dance Concert
NOCCA/Riverfront, Lupin Memorial Hall
- Jennifer Tu of the New Orleans Piano Institute played L'Isle Joyeuse.
- Gambit Publisher Margo DuBos, Hotel Monteleone owner John Burr and WWL-TV anchor Angela Hill
- Lifetime Achievement honoree John Ware (center) with wife Francis Ware (right) and singer Dara Rahming
- Tribute to the Classical Arts included a flamenco performance titled Bambera.
- Jefferson Ballet Artistic Director Myra Mier, dancer Michelle "Micaela" Paule and Hotel Monteleone owner Anne Burr
- Delta Festival Ballet artistic directors Joseph and Maria Giacobbe with New Orleans Opera Association conductor Robert Lyall
- Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Managing Director Babs Moliere, choreographer Chard Gonzalez and Loyola Ballet Director Laura Zambrano.