Nell Nolan: You Night, Met Opera Auditions Party, Southern Dominican Republic Reception | Parties/Society
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Roll out the red carpet! Here are the “Dreamgirls”!
Excitement was high at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center when You Night New Orleans Class of 2021 took place under the “Dreamgirls – You’ve Got the Best of our Love” marquee. Interviews with sponsors preceded the fashion show program which included models parading the runway to the sound of “Magic of Motown” music. In Playbill form, the program’s two acts began with You Night alumni, presentations from multiple sponsors, and the Class of 2021 modeling three clothing collections. There were formal wear from Town & Country, Bliss Boutique & Bridal and Maiya Boutique; contemporary looks from Dolce Boutique, Chico’s and Maiya Boutique; and Jean Therapy jeans.
musical guest Faith Becnel, an American Idol Top 20 finalist, led the event with a blessing. After the show, Diagnostic Imaging Services sponsored the VIP Lounge and The Modern. For the after-party, the host force was Dr. Jules Walters Plastic surgery.
Founded in 2013, You Night “offers year-round programs for women who are looking for supportive sisterhood after a cancer diagnosis.” Among the programs are a variety of empowerment activities to promote emotional healing, as well as creative approaches to group experiences and challenges for women to “learn, grow and emotionally heal”. Recently honored – and commanding the trail – have been Amy Ferguson, Arnelle Williams, Dawn Hebert, Janeen Weston-Bell, Kate Leggio, Lori Bentley, Mandy Boudwin, Quishana Irvin, Amy Storms, Ashley O’Bryan, Elaine Kimbrell, Janis Ducote, La Quinta Washington, Lori Dean, Maria Cordero, Shanta Burns, Angenetta Sharpe, Camey Grau, Genelle Perez-Sandi, Karen Mackey, Laura Jackson, Louise Pennison, Nneka Cerf and Sherry Heller.
Walker and Shannon Dupre teamed up to chair the event, while the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery and the West Jefferson General Hospital/West Jefferson Foundation were the title sponsors. Notables included Drs. Alfred Colfrey, George Zacharia and Jimmy Ellis from the Touro infirmary; dr. Scott SullivanCenter for Restorative Breast Surgery; Michael Holmes, diagnostic imaging services; dr. Ralph Corsetti, Tulane Hospital; Founder and CEO of You Night Lisa McKenzie; Director and choreographer YN Leslie Legania-Shelby; Julie Stokes; and as YN Board Members, Michael Holmes and Drs above. Nelly Aoun, Sullivan, Ellis and Corsetti. You Night’s leadership team includes board members Angela Becnel and Holley Haag in the same way Tara Huguet, Sara Delancy, Becky Gilbert, Joy Kampen and Deborah Tonguis.
They’re already talking about an upcoming event, 2022 Ribbons Rock the Runway, on Saturday, October 1, at the Outlet Collection in Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. The strength and style of your night will be in the spotlight.
“And the winner is…” Better to put this plural and the verb “are”. At the newly named Laffont competition, The Metropolitan Opera Gulf Coast Region, the names highlighted were the soprano Sophie Hunt from New York, mezzo-soprano Anna Kelly from Atlanta and tenor Angel Vargas from San Juan, Puerto Rico. This trio was competing at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall in the auditions, which are designed to “discover promising young opera singers and help develop their careers.” The Metropolitan Opera judge was Ryan Taylor, president and general manager of Minnesota Opera; and associate judges were the director of the Yale Opera Gerald Moore and language and diction coach Jennifer Ringo. Michael Borowitz and Jose Melendez were the pianists.
More than 1,000 singers audition for National Council auditions each year, and approximately 20 to 25 regional winners are brought to New York as semi-finalists. There are four rounds of competition: district, region, semi-finals and finals. After even more contests, four to six finalists will be selected; the Eric and Dominique Laffont The Grand Finals Concert will take place in New York on Sunday, May 1, 2022.
Closer to home, Amici, an all-volunteer organization, generates support for auditions in the New Orleans District and Gulf Coast region. Headliners at the recent Concours Laffont at the Salle Roussel included the president of the Amici Claire Stahel accompanied by her husband Harry; Regional Co-Chairs Melissa Gordon and Diane Dupin with bruce and Charles; master of ceremonies and former regional president Philippe Straub with Eleanor, a former district audition chairperson; Gulf Coast Region Co-Directors Susan Garic Mitchell (with Judson) and Dwayne O. Littauer; and district managers Rebecca Coe (New Orleans), Ada Sofia Esteves (Puerto Rico) and Joan Mitchell (Mexico).
Still others were the former New Orleans District Manager Jo-Ann Adams; outgoing president of the Amici Michael Harold; amicus treasurer Linda Ibert with his wife Capt. Pierre Ibert; Claire Burovac, general manager of the New Orleans Opera, who was interviewed by Phil Straub; and former Orleans Kitty Kerrigan Moscoso. Dozens more marched after the program, where the stage flowers were sunflowers, roses, greens and tulips.
Decorated with roses and greenery in glass bowls created by Federico Family Florist, the Roussel Hall foyer was the place to socialize as dozens of members of the public enjoyed skewers of peri-peri chicken, fruit and cheese and shrimps. From Loyola Catering came the champagne, as well as red and white wines, which complemented the tasty spread.
Janet McMahon Clinton received the prestigious St. Martin de Porres Award at a recent wine and cheese reception after the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Dominic’s Church, celebrated by the Rev. Thomas M. Condon, OP, prior provincial of the Dominican Province of the South. Also celebrated was the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a special Dominican feast.
The informal reception took place in the Christopher Room of the Knights of Columbus Hall, where each table was decorated with black linens and a glass Dominican shield. Lakeview Grocery provided the wine, cheese and fruit, while Total Wine & More made another wine contribution. Thirty-five auction items, including a five-night stay in Perdido Key, Florida, donated by Geoffrey and Nancy Hughes, waved to the gathering. Among these rows was Father Condon above, the most recent recipient of the award Michie Bissell, John CaronPO, Kevin Colomb, Dawnella Johnson, Paul Metzler, Sharon Rodi, Mary Jane Phelan, Marcy and Mike Gertler, and, the two OPs, the Revs. Victor Laroche and Juan M. Torres.
The Honorable Janet Clinton, who received a plaque from Reverend Condon, hails from New York where she was taught by Dominicans and continues that connection today in New Orleans. She was recognized for her many years of generosity and support to the Dominican South Province. Of her recognition, she said, “I was honored, but I should honor them all. They are part of my family. »