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Performances, honorees and winners combine for an ideal afternoon at the Tribute to the Classical Arts.

He may not have appeared in person, but the spirit of Moses Hogan filled the 10th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon held Feb. 5 in the La Nouvelle Ballroom of the Hotel Monteleone.

Hogan, who suffered a serious stroke last fall, was unable to accept the Outstanding Contribution to the Classical Arts award given him this year. Roger Dickerson, who recently retired as the university choir director and music coordinator at Southern-New Orleans, delivered a moving tribute to the man who has been credited for bringing the American Negro spiritual to symphony orchestras around the world. Hogan's parents accepted the award in his place, and the Dillard University Choral Ensemble (under the direction of S. Carter Davenport) performed two works -- one written by Hogan and another that inspired his work.

The program began with awards honoring outstanding achievement in classical music, opera and dance, with WDSU-TV anchor Norman Robinson serving as master of ceremonies. Loyola's Dean Angeles received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Robinson and last year's winner David Morelock. The Arts Council of New Orleans' Shirley Trusty Corey presented this year's Arts Education Award to the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, accepted by executive director John Fairlie. And Jeri Nims was a popular winner of the Arts Patron Award after having touched the lives of multiple institutions with her philanthropy for the performing arts. University of New Orleans Chancellor Greg O'Brien and NOCCA Institute's Sally Perry joined in presenting the award to Nims.

Several performances delighted the sell-out crowd of 350. UNO graduate piano student Dilyara Shiderova performed a pre-program set, followed by an aria from Gianni Schicci by Xavier University's Opera Workshop -- nominated for Creative Achievement in Opera. The Delta Festival Ballet's Jessica Touchet delivered a solo selection from Hansel & Gretel, which was nominated for Best Ballet Production. Best Ethnic Dance Performance winner Sunanda Nair performed a selection. And members of the Newcomb Dance Company presented an excerpt from the award-winning"Concentric Concerto," choreographed by Alice Pascal Escher.
This event is made possible through the generous support of Gambit Weekly, WWNO 89.9 FM Radio, the Hotel Monteleone, Bitsie Werlein, Coleman E. Adler & Sons, Uptown Costume & Dancewear, and Smith & Wollensky Restaurant. Proceeds from the Tribute to the Classical Arts benefit the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education.


10th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO THE CLASSICAL ARTS AWARD WINNERS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dean Angeles of Loyola Unversity


PATRON OF THE ARTS AWARD
Jeri Nims


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD
Moses Hogan


ARTS EDUCATION AWARD
The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra



BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Piano Perfection
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Klauspeter Seibel, conductor, Lilya Zilberstein, piano

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Program of Beethoven, Baker and Schumann
Loyola Piano Trio
Valerie Poullette, violin; Allen Nisbet, cello, H. Jac McCracken, piano
BEST NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE
"Symphony #4"(world premiere), from Psalm of Peace
Stephen Dankner, composer
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre


BEST OPERA PRODUCTION
Turandot

Directed by David Morelock for the New Orleans Opera Association

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
Jay Lesenger
Direction ofSalome
New Orleans Opera Association

BEST CHORAL ARTS PRESENTATION
Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
Steven Edwards, music director
Orpheum Theatre


BEST BALLET PRODUCTION

Fall Concert
Loyola Ballet
Laura Zambrano, director
Roussel Hall, Loyola University

BEST MODERN DANCE PRODUCTION
An Evening of Dance
Newcomb Dance Company
Contemporary Arts Center


BEST ETHNIC DANCE PERFORMANCE

"Mohini Attam," from DramaRama
Sunanda Nair and disciples

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY (NEW WORK)
Megan Zuchowski
"Gold"
Loyola Fall Concert
click to enlarge Sunanda Nair, winner of Best Ethnic Dance Performance, performs for the audience. - DONN YOUNG
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  • Sunanda Nair, winner of Best Ethnic Dance Performance, performs for the audience.
click to enlarge Dr. John Ware, whose Xavier University Opera Workshop performed, celebrates with Symphony Chorus of New Orleans' Betsy Miller and UNO Arts Administration Director Don Marshall. - DONN YOUNG
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  • Dr. John Ware, whose Xavier University Opera Workshop performed, celebrates with Symphony Chorus of New Orleans' Betsy Miller and UNO Arts Administration Director Don Marshall.
click to enlarge UNO Chancellor Greg O'Brien shares a moment with Arts Patron Award winner Jeri Nims and NOCCA Institute's Sally Perry. - DONN YOUNG
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  • UNO Chancellor Greg O'Brien shares a moment with Arts Patron Award winner Jeri Nims and NOCCA Institute's Sally Perry.
click to enlarge WDSU-TV news anchor and Tribute host Norman Robinson with Gambit Weekly publisher Margo DuBos and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dean Angeles
  • WDSU-TV news anchor and Tribute host Norman Robinson with Gambit Weekly publisher Margo DuBos and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dean Angeles
click to enlarge Under the direction of S. Carter Davenport, the Dillard University Choral Ensemble closed out the luncheon with two moving spirituals -- one written by Moses Hogan, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Classical Arts award. - DONN YOUNG
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  • Under the direction of S. Carter Davenport, the Dillard University Choral Ensemble closed out the luncheon with two moving spirituals -- one written by Moses Hogan, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Classical Arts award.
click to enlarge Newcomb Dance Company's Alice Pascal Escher with Best Ethnic Dance Award winner Sunanda Nair and Tulane's Barbara Haley - DONN YOUNG
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  • Newcomb Dance Company's Alice Pascal Escher with Best Ethnic Dance Award winner Sunanda Nair and Tulane's Barbara Haley
click to enlarge Founding hosts and sponsors Anne and John Burr welcome guests to the luncheon. - DONN YOUNG
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  • Founding hosts and sponsors Anne and John Burr welcome guests to the luncheon.
click to enlarge Best New Classical Music composer Stephen Dankner joins the Arts Council of New Orleans' Shirley Trusty Corey and Arts Education Award winner John Fairlie of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. - DONN YOUNG
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  • Best New Classical Music composer Stephen Dankner joins the Arts Council of New Orleans' Shirley Trusty Corey and Arts Education Award winner John Fairlie of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra.
click to enlarge Members of the Newcomb Dance Company dazzled the audience with a performance from their award-winning piece, "Concentric Concerto." - DONN YOUNG
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  • Members of the Newcomb Dance Company dazzled the audience with a performance from their award-winning piece, "Concentric Concerto."
click to enlarge Best Choreography (new work) winner Megan Zuchowski, previous Lifetime Achievement Award winner Gayle Parmelee and Loyola's Laura Zambrano, director of Best Ballet Production (Loyola's Fall Concert) - DONN YOUNG
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  • Best Choreography (new work) winner Megan Zuchowski, previous Lifetime Achievement Award winner Gayle Parmelee and Loyola's Laura Zambrano, director of Best Ballet Production (Loyola's Fall Concert)
click to enlarge Southern-New Orleans' Roger Dickerson presents the Outstanding Contribution to the Classical Arts Award for Moses Hogan to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Hogan Sr. - DONN YOUNG
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  • Southern-New Orleans' Roger Dickerson presents the Outstanding Contribution to the Classical Arts Award for Moses Hogan to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Hogan Sr.
click to enlarge Delta Festival Ballet member Jessica Touchet performs a solo selection from Best Ballet Production nominee Hansel & Gretel. - DONN YOUNG
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  • Delta Festival Ballet member Jessica Touchet performs a solo selection from Best Ballet Production nominee Hansel & Gretel.
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