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Loyola's College of Music and Fine Arts well represented at annual Gambit Awards

March 19, 2010

On Tuesday, March 9, many of the city’s finest arts organizations and artists gathered at the Hotel Monteleone for the 16th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts, presented by the Big Easy Entertainment Awards and Gambit Weekly. Among those recognized were several performances and faculty members from Loyola University New Orleans with a total of five nominations and one win.

Winning the best classical ballet category was “The 100th Anniversary of the Ballets Russes,” performed by Loyola Ballet in fall 2009. Laura Zambrano, director of Loyola Ballet, accepted the award.

Loyola nominations included “Opera Gala: A Tribute to David Morelock” and “Dido and Aeneas” in the creative achievement in opera category.

The Loyola Faculty Chamber Ensemble was nominated in the best performance of new classical music category for “Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello,” composed by William Horne, Ph.D., Loyola professor of music. Zambrano and Gayle Parmalee, instructor of ballet, were also nominated in the best choreography category for their presentation of “Cognizance,” after Boris Eifman.

During the event, the Loyola Faculty Chamber Ensemble performed a movement from the “Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello,” by Horne. Loyola College of Music faculty who performed included Amy Thiaville, violin; Bruce Owen, voila; and Allen Nisbet, cello.

“I was extremely proud of our college’s many nominations at this year’s awards,” said Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D., dean of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. “Not only were Loyola events and faculty cited for excellence in several categories, but many of our faculty were also recognized for their fine work in outside projects with other organizations. Also nominated were a sizable number of CMFA alumni who remain active in the arts community.”

Boomgaarden added, “I was astonished at how many times Loyola was mentioned throughout the afternoon–there can be no more powerful validation of the CMFA’s importance to the arts in this city.”

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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