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Big Wig Ball
July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$40
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)
- Friday, July 9th
- 7:00 – 10:00 p.m
- Artmazing Gallery (309 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 70130)
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.
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.
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.