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College of Music faculty, students, and performances were honored with Big Easy Awards at the 10th Annual Tribute to the Classical Arts

Loyola press release - February 10, 2003

(New Orleans)—Several Loyola University New Orleans College of Music faculty, students, and performances were honored with Big Easy Awards at the 10th Annual Tribute to the Classical Arts awards ceremony on February 5, 2003 at the Hotel Monteleone.

Loyola professor of music and coordinator of string education L. Dean Angeles received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to string education at Loyola and at the various school systems where he has taught numerous young musicians. The award was presented to Angeles by last year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and director of Loyola Opera Theatre David Morelock and WDSU-TV anchorman and Big Easy master of ceremonies Norman Robinson.

Loyola artist-in-residence Moses Hogan was saluted with the Outstanding Contributions to the Classical Arts award. Hogan enjoys international recognition for his achievements as a concert pianist and as composer, arranger and director of many spiritual choral works and ensembles. Hogan, who suffered a serious stroke last fall, was represented by his parents and was honored by his former colleague Roger Dickerson and had two of his works performed by the Dillard Universzity Choral Ensemble.

The Loyola Piano Trio, which includes violinist Valerie Poullette, cellist Allen Nisbet, and pianist H. Jac McCracken, won an award for Best Chamber Music Performance for its Fall 2002 program of Beethoven, Baker, and Schumann.

Dr. Stephen Dankner, instructor of music composition, won the award for Best New Classical Music Performance for the world premiere of his Symphony No. 4, which was performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Loyola Opera Theatre director David Morelock won an award for Best Opera Production for his New Orleans Opera Association production of Puccini's Turandot.

The Loyola Ballet won an award for Best Ballet Production for its 2002 Fall Concert. Loyola ballet student Megan Zuchowski won the award for Best Choreography (New Work) for "Gold", which was performed on the 2002 Loyola Ballet Fall Concert.

Additionally, the College of Music was represented with nominations in the Best Opera Production category with the 2002 production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville and in the Best Choral Arts Presentation with the Brahms Requiem performance by the Loyola University Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, and Northlake Performing Arts Society with soloists Ellen and Philip Frohnmayer, conducted by Dr. Meg Hulley.

The Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards are presented by Gambit Weekly and are an extension of Gambit Big Easy Entertainment Awards.