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Nominations announced for The 2015 Tribute to the Classical Arts Luncheon, sponsored by the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education 

The Foundation for Entertainment Development & Education (FEDE) announced special award recipients and nominees for outstanding performances of classical music, opera and dance in the New Orleans area in 2015. Awards will be presented at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Hotel Monteleone.

  The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra swept the category for Best Classical Music Performance and received seven nominations overall. The New Orleans Opera Association swept the Best Opera Production nominations for Die Fledermaus, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor. The Marigny Opera Ballet, which changed its name from Marigny Opera House Dance Company prior to its second season, received four nominations.

  A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Wilfred Delphin, alumus and artist-in-residence at Xavier University's Department of Music. Delphin and Edwin Romaine performed as the piano duo Delphin and Romaine. After retiring from Southern University of Illinois at Carbondale School of Music in 2004, Delphin volunteered with the Peace Corps in Senegal and left West Africa for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

  Pat and Henry Shane will receive the Arts Patron Award. The couple has supported the Jefferson Performing Arts Society and has donated 20 artworks by artists including Hunt Slonem, James Michalopoulos and George Rodrigue to museums across the nation and to beautify local public spaces. Many more works are on permanent loan to the city of Kenner.

  The Gambit-affiliated FEDE awards annual grants to local performance arts education programs. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the foundation. The luncheon is sponsored by Gambit, Anne Burr, The Hotel Monteleone, Adler's, Hall Piano, Uptown Costume & Dancewear and WWNO 89.9. Tickets are $48. Call Cat Burr at (504) 483-3130 for tickets and information.

Classical Arts Special Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award
Wilfred Delphin

Arts Patron Award
Pat and Henry Shane



2016
Nominations

Best Classical Music Performance

Dvorak: Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Orpheum Theater

Ravel: Concerto in D Major for Piano (Left Hand Alone) and Orchestra
LPO
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Orpheum Theater

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor "Resurrection"
LPO
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Orpheum Theater

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major "The Great"
LPO
Markus Huber, conductor
Orpheum Theater

 

Best Opera Production

Die Fledermaus
New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)
E. Loren Meeker, director
Robert Lyall, conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Lucia di Lammermoor
NOOA
E. Loren Meeker, director
Robert Lyall, conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

La Traviata
NOOA
James Marvel, director
Robert Lyall, conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

 

Best Student/ Community Opera

A Musical Menagerie
Loyola Opera Workshop/Montage Fine & Performing Arts  Carol Rausch, music director 
David Morelock, stage director  Loyola University, Nunemaker Auditorium

Suor Angelica
Loyola Opera Theatre/Montage Fine & Performing Arts
Bill Fabris, director
Carol Rausch, conductor
Loyola University, Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall

Wading Home
Loyola Opera Theatre/Montage Fine & Performing Arts 
Barbara Hill Moore, music director
Hank Hammett, stage director
Loyola University, Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall

 

Best Chamber Music Performance

The Diary of One Who Vanished
Tyler Smith, tenor; Brindley McWhorter, mezzo-soprano; Carol Rausch, piano
Loyola Women Chamber Singers
Loyola University/Montage Fine & Performing Arts
Loyola University, Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall

Hommage a Louis XIV
Jaren Atherholt, oboe; Daniel Lelchuk, cello; Joseph Meyer, violin; Pierre Queval, harpsichord
The Historic New Orleans Collection, Williams Research Center

Mendelssohn's Octet in E Flat Major for Strings
Paul Huang, violin; Judith Arm-istead Fitzpatrick, violin; Qi Cao, viola; Bruce Owen, viola; Rachel Hsieh, cello; David Rosen, cello; Xiao Fu, violin
LPO
Loyola University, Nunemaker Auditorium

 

Best Choral Arts Presentation

Bach: Mass in B Minor
LPO First Baptist Church New Orleans

Chantez!
NOVA VOCE
St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church

Mendelssohn's Elijah
Loyola School of Music/Temple Sinai/LPO
Temple Sinai

Limon Dance Company's revival of Missa Brevis (1958)
The New Orleans Ballet Association Chorus
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

 

Outstanding Ballet Presentation

Diversorio
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House

The Nutcracker
Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Orfeo
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House

 

Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation

The Upstairs Lounge
Melange Dance Company
New Orleans Healing Center, Cafe Istanbul

Vessels
KM Dance Project
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Woem
Inaugural Season Program One
Good Dance Since 1984
First Presbyterian Church

 

Outstanding Varietal Dance Presentation

9th Ward Improv Opera
Creative Alliance of New Orleans/Third Eye Theatre
St. Maurice Church

Audition
re:create Spring Dance Concert
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Dance Department
NOCCA, Freda Lupin Memorial Hall

Hoofing For Heroes
Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap
The National World War II Museum

 

Outstanding Ethnic Dance Presentation

Ballet De Bayaderes
An Evening of Divertissements, presented by Loyola Ballet
Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Ekonkon
Deeply Rooted, Presented by The NOCCA Dance Department
NOCCA, Freda Lupin Memorial Hall

Mai Naizopo
Komenka Ethnic Dance & Music Ensemble
Roussel Hall, Loyola University

 

Outstanding Choreography (New Work)

"Salterelle"
Diogo De Lima, choreographer
Program Three
Marigny Opera House Dance Company
Marigny Opera House

"Boschimanne: Living Curiosities"
Kesha Mckey, choreographer Vessels
KM Dance Project
CAC

"I Was Told There'd Be Cake"
Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, choreographer
Christmas Concerto
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House

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