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History Of The Tribute To The Classical Arts 


An annual Classical Arts Awards Luncheon began in 1994 at the Monteleone Hotel hosted by John and Anne Monteleone Burr. It began as a celebration expanding the Classical Arts category of the Big Easy Entertainment Awards. It is now the premier event paying tribute to the performers and supporters of Classical Music, Opera and Dance. More than a dozen awards are given in those categories, as well as special recognition awards for patrons and educational efforts.

A highlight each year is the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Classical Arts. Previous winners include Arthur Cosenza of the New Orleans Opera; Harvey Hysell, founder and director of Ballet Hysell; Dr. Elise Cambon Music Director of the St. Louis Cathedral; Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien co-directors of Musica da Camera, Gayle Parmelee of Loyola Dance, John Hutton of the New Orleans Concert Choir, Dr. Peter S. Hansen, Professor of Music of Newcomb College and founding member of New Orleans' Friends of Music, Delta Festival Ballet founders Joseph and Maria Giacobbe, opera’s David Morelock, Loyola’s Dean Angeles, and UNO’s Dr. Raquel Cortina.

Fans, patrons and performers involved with the classical arts are invited to attend this very special event which features a gourmet luncheon by Monteleone Hotel Catering Director Keith Donatto, awards presentations by community celebrities, and classical music, opera and dance performances.

The event is sponsored by Gambit Weekly, WWNO Radio, Uptown Costume & Dancewear, Hall Piano Company, and Adler’s Jewelers.

Margo DuBos, publisher of Gambit, serves as Executive Producer. Executive Director Gloria Powers works closely with the Arts Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Opera Association, the New Orleans Ballet Association, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society to make each year's Tribute to the Classical Arts the best possible.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education which gives grants and gifts to programs and projects that nurture and support the performing artists and future talent of our area.

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