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Tribute to the Classical Arts 

Nominations announced for Big Easy Foundation’s annual salute to opera, dance and classical music

click to enlarge Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Diane Laizer Carney choreographed Outstanding Ballet Presentation nominee Bandoneon Pas de Deux.

Photo by John Barrios

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Diane Laizer Carney choreographed Outstanding Ballet Presentation nominee Bandoneon Pas de Deux.

The Foundation for Entertainment Development & Education announced special awards and nominations for performances of classical music, choral singing, opera, ballet and ethnic and contemporary dance in the New Orleans area in 2014. Winners will be announced at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Hotel Monteleone.

  A couple of performing arts groups are assured of winning awards. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) swept the nominations for Best Classical Music Performance and the New Orleans Opera Association received all finalist spots for Best Opera Production and Creative Achievement in Opera for its presentations of Carmen, Rusulka, Cinderella and La Boheme. The LPO received six nominations and its chamber music group also is up for an award.

  Nominations for modern and ethnic dance include a wide array of groups, including new companies, and there were performances at a diverse list of venues, ranging from Trinity Episcopal Church and First Baptist Church to the McKenna Museum of African American Art, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center and Dancing Grounds.

  Diane L. Carney will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Carney is a New Orleans native who has spent her life dancing, choreographing and teaching. She is the artistic director of Ballet Hysell, and she has choreographed and designed productions for Tulane Opera Theatre, Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Dashiki Theater and Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

  The Arts Education Award will be presented to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village. The center provides music education to more than 200 students per week, as well as classes on Mardi Gras Indian beadwork, homework assistance and other programs. The center serves adults and children and features classrooms, dance studios, recording studios and more.

  The Arts Patron Award honors Chevron. It is being recognized for supporting the arts in New Orleans, particularly arts education at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and programming by the New Orleans Ballet Association for youth in cooperation with the New Orleans Recreation Department. Chevron also supports Satchmo SummerFest and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in Lafayette.

  The Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment Development & Education awards annual grants to local artists and organizations. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the foundation. The luncheon is sponsored by Gambit, Hotel Monteleone, Adler's, Hall Piano Co., WWNO 89.9 FM and Uptown Costume & Dancewear. Call Jon Broder at (504) 483-3129 for tickets and information.



Classical Arts Special Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award
Diane L. Carney

Arts Education Award
The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

Arts Patron Award
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Classical Arts Awards Nominations


Best Classical Music Performance

2014: A Strauss Odyssey
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Brahms and Bartok
LPO, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the   Performing Arts

Shostakovich "Leningrad" Symphony
LPO, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the   Performing Arts

click to enlarge Ballet Hysell Artistic Director Diane Laizer Carney will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. - PHOTO BY PATTI PERRET
  • Photo by Patti Perret
  • Ballet Hysell Artistic Director Diane Laizer Carney will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Best New Classical Music Presentation

The Glory and the Grandeur: Concerto for Percussion Trio
LPO, Russell Peck, Composer
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Salve Regina
New Resonance Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
Tucker Fuller, Composer
Marigny Opera House

Symphony No. 3 by Philip Glass
LPO with Diavolo Dance Theatre
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts


Best Opera Production

Carmen
New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)
Brad Dalton, Director
Robert Lyall, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Cinderella
NOOA
Jose Maria Condemi, Director
Robert Lyall, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Rusalka
NOOA
William Murray, Director
Robert Lyall, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

click to enlarge The New Orleans Opera Association's production of 
Jules Massenet's Cinderella is nominated for Best Opera. - PHOTO BY TOM GROSSCUP
  • Photo by Tom Grosscup
  • The New Orleans Opera Association's production of Jules Massenet's Cinderella is nominated for Best Opera.


Best Chamber Music Performance

Louis Moreau Gottschalk and the Spanish World
Peter Collins, piano; Amy Pfrimmer, soprano
Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Research Center

Lyrica Baroque
Lyrica Baroque
Opera Guild Home

The Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky
LPO Chamber Concert
New Orleans Athletic Club


Best Choral Arts Presentation

Luceat: To the Creator of Light
New Orleans Vocal Arts (NOVA) Chorale
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church

A Baroque Christmas
LPO and NOVA Chorale
First Baptist Church

New Orleans Sacred Music Festival
New Orleans Healing Center


Best Creative Achievement in Opera

Don Darnutzer, Lighting and Projection Design
Rusalka
NOOA
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Kristine McIntyre, Stage Direction
La Boheme
NOOA
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

New Orleans Opera Chorus, Carol Rausch, Chorus Master
Carmen
NOOA
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

click to enlarge Love Taps, from Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap's program Love Taps: An Evening of Rhythm & Romance is nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Dance Presentation. - PHOTO BY MICHELLE DEMONTLUZIN
  • Photo by Michelle demontluzin
  • Love Taps, from Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap's program Love Taps: An Evening of Rhythm & Romance is nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Dance Presentation.


Outstanding Ballet Presentation

Bandoneon Pas de Deux
Ballet Hysell
Loyola University, Louis J. Roussel   Performance Hall

Narcissus & Echo
Loyola Ballet
Loyola University, Louis J. Roussel   Performance Hall

Yardbirds
NOCCA
NOCCA, Freda Lupin Memorial Hall

click to enlarge Sierrah Dietz and Molly Katzman are nominated for Outstanding Choreography for their New Orleans Fringe Festival work Home. - PHOTO BY KALE CHESNEY
  • Photo by Kale Chesney
  • Sierrah Dietz and Molly Katzman are nominated for Outstanding Choreography for their New Orleans Fringe Festival work Home.


Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation

Green
Monique Moss, Choreographer
New Orleans Ballet Association Center for Dance/NORDC
Tulane University, Dixon Hall

Love Story
Monica Marie Ordonez, Choreographer
Avatar Movement Dance Company
Marigny Opera House

Selcouth Liaison
Maya Taylor, Choreographer
The Marigny Opera House Dance Company
The Marigny Opera House

click to enlarge Lyrica Baroque is nominated for Best Chamber Music Performance for its May concert at the Opera Guild Home.
  • Lyrica Baroque is nominated for Best Chamber Music Performance for its May concert at the Opera Guild Home.


Outstanding Contemporary Dance Presentation

Badu-izms: A Tribute to Erykah
Stylist B., Choreographer
Joy Theater

Love Taps
Heidi Malnar, Choreographer
Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

The Most Important Thing
Marion Spencer, Choreographer
Dance For Social Change
YEP Youth Center

They Don't Eat Corn Here
Reese Johanson, Choreographer
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

click to enlarge The New Orleans Opera Association's production of Rusalka, starring Melissa Citro and Raymond Aceto, is nominated for Best Opera and Best Creative Achievement in Opera. - PHOTO BY DON DARNUTZER
  • Photo by Don Darnutzer
  • The New Orleans Opera Association's production of Rusalka, starring Melissa Citro and Raymond Aceto, is nominated for Best Opera and Best Creative Achievement in Opera.


Outstanding Ethnic Dance Presentation

34th Annual Spring Concert
Komenka Ethnic Dance &   Music Ensemble
Loyola University, Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall

15th Year Anniversary Concert
Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca
Trinity Episcopal Church

GOMELA/to return: Movement of our Mother Tongue
Junebug Productions
McKenna Museum of African American Art

The Saints Are Marching In
Third Eye Theatre
St. Maurice Church

click to enlarge Junebug Productions is nominated for 
Outstanding Ethnic Dance Presentation for Gomela. - PHOTO BY MELISA CARDONA
  • Photo by Melisa Cardona
  • Junebug Productions is nominated for Outstanding Ethnic Dance Presentation for Gomela.


Outstanding Choreography, New Work

Touch-Me-Not
Diogo de Lima, Choreographer
Good Dance Since 1984
Marigny Opera House

Home
Sierrah Dietz and Molly Katzman, Choreographers
HOMEbodies
Dancing Grounds

The Stepford Wives
Monica Marie Ordonez, Choreographer
Avatar Movement Dance Company
Marigny Opera House

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