Pianist – and popular Arcosanti performer – Lynne Haesler directed a Solstice Celebration Sunset Concert in honor of Paolo Soleri (age 93 1⁄2) in Phoenix this past Sunday, December 16. The performance featured works by Aaron Copeland, Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven (it was his birthday), Pachelbel and more, played by a fantastic chamber orchestra, and sung by a wonderful choir and by operatic soprano Jayne Casselman who is herself part of the Arcosanti family. 

[photos and text by Jeff Stein]

The concert was narrated by Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein, who read selected writings of Paolo Soleri between musical movements, constructing an entire story throughout the evening.

The breathtaking sanctuary of Shadow Rock UCC in Phoenix served as the concert hall. Its entire west wall is glass, which allowed the audience to watch the desert sunset through the performers. Quite an evening! And an entirely new way to introduce Arcosanti to an entirely new audience.   We look forward to hearing more of Lynne and Jayne at Arcosanti in 2013.

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