Saturday night, November 15, Arcosanti hosted a dinner and a Chautauqua entitled CONNECT that featured architect and motorcyclist Jeff Stein and pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler.

The term “Chautauqua” comes from the birthplace of this kind of enlightening lecture/performance, Chautauqua, New York. Chautauqua assemblies expanded throughout rural America from their start in 1874 until the mid-1920s, bringing entertainment and culture to the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. Former US President Theodore Roosevelt said ”Chautauqua is the most American thing in America.” So this was one of those…

At Saturday’s CONNECT, Haeseler and Stein, working in front of an appreciative audience, connected composer Ludwig von Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; Architect Paolo Soleri’s East Crescent at Arcosanti; and Designer David Robb’s BMW R1200GS motorcycle. 

[photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Jeff Stein]    
Arcosanti itself, of course, exists to CONNECT people: to each other, to their surroundings, to the cosmos itself. This is the same purpose that Beethoven had in writing his symphonies, and that BMW has in making motorcycles. The truth is, everything is connected, and in showing how that works with these three seemingly disparate entities, Haeseler and Stein imagined we all might grow more comfortable with the idea. PLUS: there is the notion, in each, of being at the center of a world. Each composition: Symphony, Architecture, Motorcycle, transports you to such a place. We learned how on Saturday at Arcosanti.

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