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Artistic Rendering 

Performances and speeches make for an entertaining Tribute to the Classical Arts.

It was tough figuring out which was more entertaining, watching the nominees perform or the winners accept their awards at the 9th Annual Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon, held Feb. 5 at the Monteleone Hotel. The awards celebrate achievement in opera, classical music and dance.

Angela Mannino of the nominated Loyola Opera Workshop started off the entertainment at the luncheon with a hilarious rendition of "The Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus, all the while flirting with Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Loyola music professor and fellow nominee David Morelock as the audience howled its approval. Morelock, who won the award as director of Best Opera Production for the New Orleans Opera Association's Ariadne auf Naxos, later accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award by describing how he used to stage operas as a preteen.

The crowd also was delighted when young Joseph LeDasma III performed his nominated piece, Hornpipe & Jig Set from the New Orleans School of Irish Dance, and moments later accepted the award for Best Ethnic Dance Performance.

Dr. Arnold Lupin of the Lupin Foundation accepted the Classical Arts Patron Award from master of ceremonies and Gambit Communications Inc. Chairman Clancy DuBos, while University of New Orleans Music Department Chairman Jeff Cox received the Special Recognition Award for his work on the Musical Excursions Concert Series. UNO's Chancellor Greg O'Brien was on hand to present this year's Arts Education Award to Jefferson Performing Arts Society Executive Director Dennis Assaf, for a multitude of community arts education programs.

Other performances included nominated choreographer Gabrielle Pickard's piece, Medussa, and the American Dreamers' closing excerpt from their nominated performance at the From Twilight's Last Gleaming, Til the Dawn's Early Light program at the Trinity Artist Series.

Gambit Weekly Publisher Margo DuBos and WWNO's Fred Kasten handed out the classical-music awards. The Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards luncheon is sponsored by Gambit Weekly, the Monteleone Hotel, Werlein's for Music, Coleman E. Adler & Sons, WWNO 89.9 FM Radio, Uptown Costume & Dancewear, and new for 2002, Smith & Wollensky Restaurant and CC's Coffee came aboard as sponsors of the event.

9TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO THE CLASSICAL ARTS AWARD WINNERS

Lifetime Achievement Award

David Morelock

Classical Arts Patron Award

The Lupin Foundation

Arts Education Award

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Special Recognition Award

Musical Excursions Concert Series

University of New Orleans Music Department

Jeffrey Cox, chairman

Best Classical Music Performance

The Resurrection Symphony (Mahler Symphony No. 2)

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)

Klauspeter Seibel, conductor, and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans

Best Chamber Music Performance

The American Dreamers

Pete Wolbrette, director

Trinity Artist Series' Independence Day Program, From Twilight's Last Gleaming, Til the Dawn's Early Light

Best New Classical Music Performance

A Creole Mass

Wardell Quezergue, composer and conductor

New Orleans Symphony Chorus at St. Louis Cathedral

Best Opera Production

Ariadne auf Naxos

David Morelock, director

Klauspeter Seibel, conductor

New Orleans Opera Association

Creative Achievement in Opera

Die Walkure

Jay Lesenger, director

Robert Lyall, conductor

Best Choral Arts Presentation

Saint & Scribe

Loyola University Choirs

Meg Hulley, director

Best Ballet Production

Sleeping Beauty

Delta Festival Ballet with the LPO

Best Modern Dance Production 2001

New Orleans Dance and New Orleans Dance Collective

Anniversary Concert -- Contemporary Arts Center

Best Ethnic Dance Performance

Joseph LeDesma III

Hornpipe & Jig Set (Ireland)

New Orleans School of Irish Dance

Komenka Ethnic Dance & Music Ensemble Spring Concert

Best Choreography (new work)

Anne Burr

Fly

Confederacy of Dances III

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