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Choreographer Donna Crump's Keeper of the Flame is nominated for Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation.

The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced special awards and nominations for performances of classical music, opera, ballet and ethnic and contemporary dance in the New Orleans area in 2013. Winners will be announced at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Feb. 14 at the Hotel Monteleone.

  Pianist Daniel O. Weilbaecher Jr. will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Weilbaecher teaches piano and theory at the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University. He has performed across the country and is the founder of the New Orleans Piano Institute. He recently stepped down as executive director of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, a position he held for nearly two decades.

  Drs. Nicolas and Haydee Bazan will be honored as Arts Patrons of the Year for their work with the New Orleans Opera Association. Both are Mastersigner co-chairs for the association. Nicolas Bazan also helped develop the first artist residency at the LSUHSC Neuroscience Center for Excellence, in which artists create oil paintings to represent the intricacies of the human brain.

  Make Music NOLA began offering free music lessons to students at All Souls Community Center in 2011. Since then the organization has expanded to three schools and provides instruction to roughly 60 students, who perform at various festivals and events. It will host a two-week intensive music camp in the 9th Ward this summer. Make Music NOLA will be recognized with the Arts Education Award.

  The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto are assured of winning the Best Classical Music Performance category, since they swept the nominations. The orchestra drew a total of six nominations in three categories. The Marigny Opera House drew a Best Choral Arts Presentation nomination for producing Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 and co-produced the Best Student/Community Opera Production nominee, An Embarrassing Position/Blue Monday. The venue showed it is becoming a center for classical arts presentations after hosting numerous nominated works of classical music, opera and dance, including works commissioned for its New Dance Festival.

  FEDE, a Gambit-affiliated foundation, awards annual grants to local artists and organizations. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the foundation. Tickets to the luncheon are $48 and tables for 10 are available. Call Jon Broder at (504) 483-3129 for tickets and information.

2014 Classical Arts Special Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award

Daniel O. Weilbaecher Jr.

Arts Patron Award

Drs. Nicolas and Haydee Bazan

Arts Education Award

Make Music NOLA

Classical Arts Award Nominations

Best Classical Music Performance

Britten Centennial Celebration

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)

Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Don Quixote by Richard Strauss

LPO, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Mahler Symphony No. 3

LPO, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor

First Baptist Church, New Orleans

Best Performance of New Classical Music

The Air Was Green — A Remembrance


Trinity Episcopal Church

Dreams of the Fallen

LPO, Jake Runestad, Composer

National WWII Museum


LPO, Christopher Rouse, Composer

Mahalia Jackson Theater

Best Opera Production

The Vampire

New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)

Matthew Lata, Director

Robert Lyall, Conductor

Mahalia Jackson Theater

Madame Butterfly

NOOA, Tomer Zvulun, Director Robert Lyall, Conductor

Mahalia Jackson Theater

Samson and Delilah

NOOA, Robert Lyall, Director/Conductor

Mahalia Jackson Theater

Best Student/Community Opera Production


Loyola Opera Theatre

Bill Fabris, Director

Carol Rausch, Conductor

Loyola University

An Embarrassing Position/ Blue Monday

Marigny Opera House & 9th Ward Opera Co.

Danielle Edinburgh & Margaret-Anne Davis, Directors

Madeline Thibodeaux, Conductor

Marigny Opera House

Noah's Flood


Robert Lyall, Director/Conductor

Trinity Episcopal Church

Best Chamber Music Performance

Louisiana Musical Treasures from The Biblioteque Nationale de France

Peter Collins, piano

Joseph Meyer, violin

Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano

Williams Research Center

Quintet by Prokofiev

NOLA 360

Trinity Episcopal Church

Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, Op. 49 by Benjamin Britten

Jaren Philleo

University of New Orleans

Best Choral Arts Presentation

All-Night Vigil by Rachmaninov

Loyola Chamber Singers and NOVA Chorale

Temple Sinai

Celebrating Britten

Loyola Choirs

Holy Name of Jesus Church

Vespers Of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi

Marigny Opera House

Marigny Opera House

Best Creative Achievement in Classical Music

Great Britten: Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Benjamin Britten

Loyola Opera Workshop

Frances Rabalais, Director

Carol Rausch, Musical Director

Loyola University

LPO Family Concert: Pictures at an Exhibition

LPO, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor

Loyola University

The Soldier's Tale

New Resonance Orchestra

Bonnie Gabel, Director

Francis Scully, Musical Director

Marigny Opera House

Outstanding Ballet Presentation

"Jewels" from Sleeping Beauty

An Evening of Dance – Above the Oaks

Newcomb Dance Company

Tulane University

The Nutcracker

Delta Festival Ballet

Richard Munro, Choreographer

Tulane University

"Pas de Six" from La Vivandiere

Loyola Ballet

Loyola University

Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation

Holding Chaos: Movement I

Holding Chaos

Tsunami Dance

Kettye Voltz, Choreographer

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Keeper of the Flame

New Dance Festival 2013

Good Dance Since 1984

Donna Crump, Choreographer

Marigny Opera House


New Dance Festival 2013

Diogo De Lima, Choreographer

Marigny Opera House


Crescent City Choreographers

Kesha McKey, Choreographer

Marigny Opera House

Outstanding Contemporary Dance Presentation

Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi

Marigny Opera House

Diogo de Lima, Choreographer

Marigny Opera House

House is Not a Home/ When

Southern Voices: Dance Out Loud 6

Jarrell Hamilton, Choreographer


Like Me More Like Me

Thomas Hauert and Scott Heron, Choreographers

Marigny Opera House

Outstanding Ethnic Dance Presentation

Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Louis Armstrong Park

Dance For Life Concert

Nfungotah, Inc.

Ellis Marsalis Center For Music

Negras Quilombolas

As Candaces

Den of Muses

Outstanding Choreography — New Work


New Dance Festival 2013

Diogo de Lima

Marigny Opera House

Pour Me

Above the Oaks

Jacob Ely and Anna Iosipiv

Newcomb Dance Co.

Tulane University

Holding Chaos: Movement I

Holding Chaos

Kettye Voltz

Tsunami Dance