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High Notes By Will Coviello The Big Easy Awards have announced special honorees and the nominations for outstanding achievement in opera, dance and classical music during 2007. Winners will be recognized at the 14th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon in February. Several special awards will recognize long-term careers and contributions to the arts. Pianist, composer and instructor Roger Dickerson will receive a lifetime achievement award. His compositions have drawn Pulitzer nominations and his recent work includes For the Love of Jesus about Henriette DeLille and A Flower Blooms in the Desert, commissioned while he was in New Mexico after Katrina. A New Orleans native, he is a graduate of Dillard University, a Fulbright scholar and recipient of many national and international honors.

A faculty duo from Loyola will share the arts education award. Ellen Frohnmayer and Philip Frohnmayer both teach in the College of Music & Fine Arts. Both Frohnmayers continue professional careers performing with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and New Orleans Opera.

Special awards for contributions to the arts also will go to Albinas and Manon Prizgintas and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS), which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007. JPAS produces a great array of performances, workshops and educational programs throughout the year. It is very active in collaboration with regional institutions and brings the arts to diverse audiences throughout the region. Albinas and Manon Prizgintas have created ongoing programs like the Trinity Artists Series (20 years old) and Bach Around the Clock (11 years old) and founded the Yellowdog Prophet Choir out of the music ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The Tribute to the Classical Arts was created by the Big Easy Foundation in 1994 to recognize achievement in the arts in the New Orleans area.

Awards will be presented at the Tribute to the Classical Arts awards on Monday, Feb. 18, hosted by Angela Hill of WWL TV. The event is sponsored by Gambit Weekly, Coleman E. Adler & Sons, WWNO 89.9 FM Radio, Hall Piano Company, John and Anne Burr and Uptown Costume and Dancewear. The luncheon at the Monteleone Hotel features live performances by classical musicians and excerpts from modern, ethnic and ballet dance productions. Tickets are $40. For information and reservations, contact Frederick Mead at 483-3129. 2008 Classical Arts Awards Special Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award

Roger Dickerson, composer

Arts Education Award

Philip and Ellen Frohnmayer

Special Recognition Award

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Outstanding Contribution Award

Albinas and Manon Prizgintas

for the Trinity Artists Series


Best Classical Music Performance

Death and Transfiguration

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director

First Baptist Church

Music of the Spheres

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Klauspeter Seibel, Conductor

Roussel Hall, Loyola University

Piazzolla with Quint

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director

Dixon Hall, Tulane University

Best Chamber Music

A New Orleanian In Paris: Ernest Guiraud, Friends & Students

Joel Smirnoff, Conductor

Joan Kwuon, Violin

St. Louis Cathedral

Carols In Brass

Vance Woolf and the New Orleans Uptown Brass Ensemble

Jesuit Church


Second Season

Pate, D. Anderson, Asano, Atherhold, Reeks, C. Anderson, Fitzpatrick, Owen, Tanaka, Thompson, Gabka, Ray, Jaubert, Schettler, Mavrova

St. Charles Presbyterian Church

Best Performance of New Classical Music (Contemporary)

Postludio by Joaqu´n GutiŽrrez-Heras

LPO Death & Transfiguration concert

First Baptist Church

Quintet (1993) by David Anderson


Munholland Methodist Church, Metairie

Symphony No. 8 (Music of the Spheres) by Stephen Dankner

LPO Music of the Spheres concert

Roussel Hall, Loyola University

Best Opera Production

Il Trittico (Puccini)

New Orleans Opera Association

Robert Lyall, Conductor

Jay Jackson, Director

McAlister Auditorium, Tulane University

La Boheme (Puccini)

New Orleans Opera Association

Robert Lyall, Conductor

David Morelock, Director

McAlister Auditorium Tulane University

La Traviata (Verdi)

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Dennis Assaf, Conductor

Massimo Pezzutti, Director

Creative Achievement In Opera

New YearÕs Eve with the New Orleans Opera

New Orleans Opera Association

Betty Brooks Doss, Producer

Robert Lyall, Director

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The Medium (Gian Carlo Menotti)

New Orleans Opera Association

Robert Lyall, Conductor

David Morelock, Director

Music at Madewood, Napoleonville

Too Many Sopranos

The SLU Opera/Music Theatre Workshop

Conductor, Charles Effler

Director, Brandt Blocker

Ralph R. Pottle Music Building Auditorium, Southeastern Louisiana University

Best Choral Arts Presentation

Le Deluge (Saint-Saens)

The Yellowdog Prophet Choir Ñ Katrina Remembered

Albinas Prizgintas, Director

Trinity Artists Series

Messiah (Handel)

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans

Steven Edwards, Music Director

Rebecca Miller, Conductor

First Baptist Church

New YearÕs Eve with the New Orleans Opera

New Orleans Opera Chorus

New Orleans Opera Association

Carol Rausch, Director

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center


Best Classical Ballet Production

2007 Summer Season

New Orleans Ballet Theatre

Gregory Schramel, Artistic Director

Roussel Hall, Loyola University

Classical, Character, Contemporary

Loyola Ballet Fall Concert

Laura Zambrano, Director

Gayle Parmelee, Coordinator Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program

Roussel Hall, Loyola University

In The Land of Dreamy Dreams

Delta Festival Ballet

Joseph and Maria Giacobbe, Artistic Directors

Henson Auditorium, Newman School

Best Modern Dance Production

Blues for Lower 9

DramaRama 14

Gabrielle Pickard

Contemporary Arts Center

Nationwide Summer Tour Premiere Performance

NORD|NOBA Center for Dance

Jenny Hamilton, NOBA Executive Director

Suzanne Hirsch, NOBA Education Director

Larry Barabino, NORD Director

Lupin Hall, NOCCA|Riverfront

Portraits In A Forgotten City

Tsunami Dance Company

Kettye Voltz and Erin Healan, Artistic Directors

Lupin Hall, NOCCA|Riverfront

Best Ethnic Dance Presentation

27th Annual Spring Concert

Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble

John Rodi, Daniel Gianfala and Cheryl OÕSullivan, Artistic Directors

Roussel Hall, Loyola University

Origin of Life on Earth

The Ashe Cultural Arts Center & JPAS

Dollie E. Rivas, Director

Carol Bebelle, Executive Director

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

The Wedding

Confederacy of Dances

Heera Yoo, Choreographer

Contemporary Arts Center

Best Choreography Ñ New Work

Anne Burr


Confederacy of Dances

Contemporary Arts Center

Maritza Mercado-Narcisse

The Illusion of Effortlessness

Confederacy of Dances

Contemporary Arts Center

Anna Morris and John Allen

Above This Dead Weight Night

TsunamiÕs Portraits in a Forgotten City

Lupin Hall, NOCCA|Riverfront

Kettye Voltz

Banco Ballante

TsunamiÕs Portraits in a Forgotten City

Lupin Hall, NOCCA|Riverfront


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