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Gomela/to return: Movement of our Mother Tongue from Junebug Productions is nominated for Outstanding Choreography (Full Length).

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