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Winners announced for 2018's Tribute to the Classical Arts 

Big Easy Foundation recognizes performances of classical music, opera and dance

With three trophies, Marigny Opera Ballet topped the list of winners at the Tribute to the Classical Arts awards March 8. The Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education presents the annual awards for performances of classical music, opera and dance.

  Marigny Opera Ballet, the Marigny Opera House's resident company, won Best Dance Ensemble, Best Dance Presentation (Full Length) for its original work Book of Saints and Best Dance Presentation (Short) for Aguas de Dezembro from Christmas Cocktails. The New Resonance Orchestra won Best New Classical Music Performance for Tucker Fuller's score for Book of Saints.

  Carol Rausch received a Lifetime Achievement Award. She teaches at Loyola University New Orleans and is the chorus master and music administrator for the New Orleans Opera Association, which won Best Grand Opera Production for Faust.

  Goat in the Road Productions received the Arts Education Award for its Play/Write drama program, which is currently working with 300 students in five New Orleans schools. The program, now in its eighth year, is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Division of the Arts, New Orleans Theatre Association and others.

  The event featured performances from nominees, including a scene from OperaCreole's La Flamenca and "Silk & Smoke" by the Marigny Opera Ballet.

  The Tribute to the Classical Arts is sponsored by Gambit, Adler's, Hall Piano Co., WWNO 89.9 FM and the Hotel Monteleone.

Classical Arts Awards

Lifetime Achievement
Carol Rausch

Arts Education Award
Goat in the Road Productions

Best Classical Music Performance
Prieto Conducts Dvorak 7
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Orpheum Theater

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

Best Grand Opera Production
New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)
E. Loren Meeker, 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

Best Chamber Music Performance
Die Winterreise
Brenden Gunnell and Oresta Cybriwsky
Marigny Opera House

Best Choral Arts Presentation
Corridos for Chorus, Soprano and Orchestra by Salvador Contreras
NOVA Masterworks and LPO
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Orpheum Theater

Outstanding Dance Presentation (Full Length)
Book of Saints
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House

Outstanding Dance Presentation (Short)
Aguas de Dezembro
Christmas Cocktails
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House

Outstanding Choreography (Full Length)
Journey of Dreamers
Monica Ordonez
Melange Dance Company
Art Klub

Outstanding Choreography (Short)
Summer Solstice 2017
Diogo de Lima
New Orleans Ballet Theatre
Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA

Outstanding Dance Ensemble
Marigny Opera Ballet
Dave Hurlbert, Artistic Director


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