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Big Wig Ball

Sylvain Society to Host Fifth Annual Big Wig Ball

July 9, 2021, 7:00 – 10:00 PM at Artmazing Gallery

Join us! A Soirée to Raise Funds for New Orleans Opera Education Programs

Tickets start at $40.00

Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and attend.

Cabaret Soirée

Big Wig Ball Chair, Cree Merriman Jourdain

While the ball was delayed this year, we will still celebrate with the usual exuberance of glitter and wigs all in support of opera education. The funds from this event support opera education programs for the Greater New Orleans area through the New Orleans Opera Association’s Education Department. We are very excited that we were able to hold the ball last year, which provided funds for the educational programming to be conducted virtually at a great time of need to local students. We are even more thrilled that we will be able to continue the tradition this year, as times like these show how important music education is to students and musicians.

Theme

The theme of Cabaret Soirée is loosely based on Moulin Rouge in support of the upcoming opera production La Bohème in April 2022. Wigs and costume or cocktail attire inspired by the theme are encouraged. A panel of judges will select their favorite wig-wearing guests, then choose who will be crowned the “Big Wig 2021”. Along with food and libations provided by stellar local sponsors, guests will have access to the Artmazing Gallery installation for photo ops. 

Details

  • Friday, July 9th
  • 7:00 – 10:00 p.m
  • Artmazing Gallery (309 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 70130)

Big Wig Ball

Since 2017, the Big Wig Ball events have raised more than $28,000 in funding to directly support programming costs for Student Night Out performances and other education programs. Each year, the Student Night Out performances introduce more than 2,000 local K-12 students to the operatic arts when students and chaperones attend opera productions at Mahalia Jackson Theater. This year, the pandemic presented hurdles that the Education Department tackled with ease; they were able to quickly switch in-school activities to virtual educational programs for students.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

$200 Big Wig Krewe Second Line Sponsor
  • Two tickets to the Big Wig Ball
  • Social media mentions on @sylvainsociety & @nolabigwig accounts
  • Name on event webpage
  • Verbal and print acknowledgement at Big Wig Ball
$500 Big Wig Krewe Riders Sponsor
  • Four tickets to the Big Wig Ball
  • Social media mentions on @sylvainsociety & @nolabigwig accounts
  • Name on event web page
  • Verbal and print acknowledgement at Big Wig Ball
$1,000 Big Wig Krewe Court Sponsor
  • Six tickets to the Big Wig Ball
  • Social media mentions on @sylvainsociety & @nolabigwig accounts
  • Logo/Name on Big Wig Ball media
  • Logo/live link on event web page
  • Two tickets to a New Orleans Opera production at Mahalia Jackson Theater
  • Verbal and print acknowledgement at Big Wig Ball
$2,000 Big Wig Krewe Captain Sponsor (Presenting Level)
  • Ten tickets to the Big Wig Ball
  • Social media mentions on @sylvainsociety & @nolabigwig accounts
  • Logo on all Big Wig Ball media
  • Logo/live link on event web page
  • Four tickets to a New Orleans Opera production at Mahalia Jackson Theater
  • Press release announcing presenting sponsorship
  • Verbal and print acknowledgement at Big Wig Ball
Custom Sponsorship Packages are available: email sylvain@neworleansopera.org

This event has a wide, diverse group of cultural supporters, and we love promoting our local sponsors. Please join us in continuing this annual tradition that strengthens the local arts community by becoming a sponsor today.

About Sylvain Society

Sylvain Society is the New Orleans Opera Association’s young professionals affiliate organization. Sylvain’s mission is to connect the operatic arts to the Greater New Orleans community. Membership is free and open to individuals ages 21 through 45.

Sylvain Steering Committee Chairs: Amanda Credeur, Ava McClain, Michael Roussel Jr., and Bianca Spears.

Learn more at www.neworleansopera.org/sylvain

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2020-2021 Opera News

A Night with the Black Opera Alliance

The Sylvain Society proudly presents

A Night With The Black Opera Alliance

Hosted by Bianca Spears, LMSW, Co-Chair of the Sylvain Society
February 19th at 6:00 p.m. (CST) via Zoom
RSVP sylvain@neworleansopera.org
Join the Sylvain Society Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm for a free virtual event, a Night with the Black Opera Alliance. In celebration of Black History Month, Sylvain Society is proud to host their February event in partnership with The Black Opera Alliance. The interview will be conducted by Sylvain Co-Chair Bianca Spears, LMSW. In attendance will be Jayme Alilaw, Pamela Jones, and Garrett McQueen representing the Black Opera Alliance. Attendance is free and open to the general public.

Jayme Alilaw is an Army veteran, mother, and creator of many passions who engages the world as an opera singer, coach, content creator, educator, and advocate. Currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, Jayme is committed to elevating the voices of Black creators, producing performance art such as La Femme Noire: The Celebrated Womxn, a celebration of the contributions of African American womxn as composers, poets, and singers, as well as Tapestry: A Historical Journey Through Song, an interactive workshop performance commissioned by The Atlanta Opera for grades K-8 that explores the origins of Spirituals and Freedom Songs and the musical and literary elements that comprise them.

Two-time winner of the National Opera Association Vocal Competition Legacy Award, lyric coloratura soprano Pamela Jones has been a soloist with New York City Opera, Royal Danish Theatre, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival (USA), American Spiritual Ensemble, L’Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité (Haiti), Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, Mostly Mozart Festival, American Symphony Orchestra, Trilogy: An Opera Company, Lighthouse Opera Company, Arch Angel Productions, Ember Ensemble, and the Dundalk (Ireland) International Drama Festival, where she won the Best Supporting Actress Award. She earned her master’s degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Garrett McQueen spent the first decade of his career working as a professional bassoonist with orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and many others. Driven to change the aural definitions connected to “classical” music, Garrett left the stage in 2016, and now works as a content creator and digital producer, with projects including the nationally-syndicated radio program, “The Sound of 13”, and the weekly TRILLOQUY podcast.

The mission of the Black Opera Alliance is to empower Black classical artists and administrators by exposing systems of racial inequity and under-representation of the African diaspora in all facets of the industry and challenging institutions to implement drastic reform.

More information on the Black Opera Alliance here.

Sylvain Society is the young professionals affiliate group of the New Orleans Opera Association. Established in 2017, our purpose is to connect the operatic arts to the Greater New Orleans community.

More information on the Sylvain Society here.