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Classical Arts nominations announced 

Presenting the Big Easy Foundation's nominees for classical music, opera and dance

The Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced special award recipients and nominations for performances of classical music, opera and dance in 2017. The winners will be announced at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Thursday, March 8 at the Monteleone Hotel.

  The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra drew eight nominations, including a sweep of the Best Classical Music Performance and three in the Best New Classical Music Performance category. The New Orleans Opera Association accounted for all Grand Scale Opera nominations and had a total of four nominations. Marigny Opera Ballet also drew four nominations, including Outstanding Dance Ensemble.

  Carol Rausch, chorus master and music administrator for the New Orleans Opera Association, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. She was hired by Loyola University New Orleans in 2002 and became director of Loyola Opera Theatre in 2010. She also is the chorus master for the Chautauqua Opera Company's summer festival. She has worked with the former Greater Miami Opera, Virginia Opera, Ohio Light Opera and Opera Columbus. Rausch directed the chorus for the New Orleans Opera Association's three nominated grand-scale operas and served as conductor for Loyola Opera Theatre's Best Mixed-Scale Opera nominee, Street Scene.

  Goat in the Road Productions will receive the Arts Education Award. The theater company presents original works as well as running its Play/Write drama program in five New Orleans schools. Company members currently are working with 300 students on playwriting and acting improv games, and 10 student plays will be produced in May. Play/Write was launched in 2010 and currently is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Division of the Arts, New Orleans Theatre Association and others.

  The Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at Hotel Monteleone. The event is sponsored by Adler's, WWNO FM and the Hotel Monteleone. Tickets are $51. Tables of 10 are $510. Contact Jon Broder at (504) 483-3129 for tickets and information.

Special Awards

Lifetime Achievement
Carol Rausch

Arts Education Award
Goat in the Road Productions

Music/Opera Nominations

Best Classical Music Performance

Bryan Hymel Sings at Tulane University
New Orleans Friends of Music
Dixon Hall, Tulane University

New World Symphony
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)
Robin Fountain, Conductor
Orpheum Theater

Old American Songs and Spirituals
LPO, New Orleans Black Chorale and Xavier University Chorus
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Orpheum Theater

Prieto Conducts Dvorak 7
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Orpheum Theater

Best New Classical Music Performance

Flute Concerto by Christopher Rouse
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Orpheum Theater

Dreamtime Ancestors by Christopher Theofanidis
Andrew Grams, Conductor
Orpheum Theater

Book of Saints by Tucker Fuller
New Resonance Orchestra
Francis Scully, Conductor
Marigny Opera House

New Water Music by Yotam Haber
LPO and New Orleans Airlift
with Black Magic Drumline, Chief Jeremy Stevanson and Belden Batiste
Lake Pontchartrain

Best Grand Opera Production

New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)
E. Loren Meeker, Director
Robert Lyall, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Orpheus in the Underworld
Alison Moritz, Director
Robert Lyall, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Sweeney Todd
Brenna Corner, Director
Robert Lyall, Conductor
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Best Mixed-Scale Opera Performance

La Flamenca
Givonna Joseph, Director
Maxim Samarov, Conductor
Marigny Opera House

Maria de Buenos Aires
NOOA and Casa Argentina
Tomer Zvulun, Director
Robert Lyall, Conductor
JW Marriott New Orleans

Street Scene
Loyola Opera Theatre
Cara Consilvio, Director
Carol Rausch, Conductor
Louis J. Roussel Hall, Loyola University

OperaCreole & Cripple Creek Theatre Company
Emilie Whelan, Stage director
Francis Scully, Conductor
The Music Box Village

Best Chamber Music Performance

Couperin and Bach
Benjamin Alard
St. Mary's Chapel, Old Ursuline Convent

Die Winterreise
Brenden Gunnell and Oresta Cybriwsky
Marigny Opera House

Go Gentle into that Good Night
St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church

Opera Fusion
Lyrica Baroque
Opera Guild Home

Best Choral Arts Presentation

Bach — The Complete Motets
NOVA VOCE and Loyola Chamber Singers
Meg Frazier, Conductor
St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church

NOVA Chorale
Meg Frazier, Conductor
St. Patrick's Church

Crescent City Choral Festival
Cheryl Dupont and Bob Chilcott, Conductors
St. Louis Cathedral

Corridos for chorus, soprano and orchestra by Salvador Contreras
NOVA Masterworks and LPO
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Orpheum Theater

Outstanding Dance Presentation (Full Length)

The Art of Jazz
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House

Book of Saints
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House

Moving Through
KM Dance Project
Freeport McMoRan Theater, CAC

Outstanding Dance Presentation (Short)


Artivism Dance Theatre and Art Klub
Art Klub

Congregate at Congo Square
Feelin' Dat Footwork: Unrestricted Motion
Nkiruka Drum and Dance Ensemble
Samuel Dubois Cook Fine Arts Center, Dillard University

Aguas de Dezembro Christmas Cocktails
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House

What We Do with Time
NOCCA Dance Department
Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA

Outstanding Choreography (Full Length)

Journey of Dreamers
Monica Ordonez
Melange Dance Company
Art Klub

Art of Broken Pieces
Maritza Mercado-Narcisse
Narcisse Movement Project
Marigny Opera House

Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue
Jeremy Guyton, Kai Knight and Kesha McKey
Junebug Productions
Ashe Powerhouse

Outstanding Choreography (Short)

Donna Crump and Jarrell Hamilton
Southern Voices 9: Dance Out Loud
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Untitled Ethereal
Monique Moss
Southern Voices 9: Dance Out Loud

Chapter 32
Jasmine Forest
2017 Spring Dance Concert
New Orleans Ballet Association
Dixon Hall, Tulane University

Summer Solstice 2017
Diogo de Lima
New Orleans Ballet Theatre
Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA

Outstanding Dance Ensemble

Melange Dance Company
Monica Ordonez, Artistic Director

Marigny Opera Ballet
Dave Hurlbert, Artistic Director

KM Dance Project
Kesha McKey, Artistic Director

Delta Festival Ballet
Joseph Giacobbe and Maria Giacobbe, Artistic Directors


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