The Art Renaissance initiative and the Colly Soleri Music Center presented the 18th annual Vivaldi concert at Arcosanti on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The evening, as always, featured a creative and beautiful intersection of opera, dance and art.

[photo by Colleen Connery]

Feedback from The evening started with an introduction by Michel Sarda, Founder of the Arizona Vivaldi Festival.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

The audience was treated to performances by worldwide celebrated violinist Nokuthula Ngwenyama (laureate of the Primrose competition), soprano Eileen Mager with pianist Luba Brodsky, and Bernadette Gaxiola with dancers of Zona Flamenca interpreting Vivaldi’s music.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

The Arizona Vivaldi Live! Festival received its premiere in 1998 at Arcosanti at the personal invitation of Paolo Soleri. It has been an Arcosanti tradition ever since.

[photo by Colleen Connery]

Each year, a new approach to Vivaldi’s music is suggested; in 2015 the tradition was carried on!

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

Program:



Sonata in F Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 2 No. 4, RV 20, by Antonio Vivaldi (1678- 1741]1. Andante  
2. Allemanda – Allegro 
3. Sarabanda – Andate 
4. Corrente – Presto
          Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violin; Luba Brodsky, piano”

Two arias from Vivaldi’s opera, “Orlando furioso”
• “Un raggio di speme”, from Act I   
• “Poveri affetti miei”, from Act III
          Eileen Mager, soprano; Luba Brodsky, piano

“Allegro pastorale”, from the “Spring” concerto from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
     Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violin; Luba Brodsky, piano; Bernadette Gaxiola, dancer

“Elvira, anima mia”, Vivaldi’s Cantata RV 654
• Recitative: “Elvira, anima mia …”
• Aria: “Partirò, ma vedrai quanto …”
• Recitative: “Passo al rogo fatal …”
• Aria: “Pupille vaghe, bellezza amata …”
          Eileen Mager, soprano; Luba Brodsky, piano
    Zona Flamenca — Bernadette Gaxiola, Artistic Director

“Allegro”, from the “Winter” concerto from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
          Bernadette Gaxiola, Claudia Welding, Lolita Zuniga, Martin Gaxiola

“Le Cavalier d’Espagna”, by Josquin Desprez (c.1450/1455-1521)
          Bernadette Gaxiola, Claudia Welding, Julie Terrell, La Leah, Lolita Zuniga, and Martin Gaxiola, with Gabriel Romero, Roslyn Fernandez, and Lorena Luquin-Welding

“Fandango”, by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
          Lolita Zuniga, La Leah, Martin Gaxiola

“Storm”, from the “Summer” concerto from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
          Bernadette Gaxiola, Claudia Welding, Julie Terrell, La Leah, Lolita Zuniga, Martin Gaxiola

Finale
“Sento con quel diletto”, from Vivaldi’s “Ercole sul Termodonte”
          Eileen Mager, soprano; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violin; Luba Brodsky, piano; Bernadette Gaxiola and Zona Flamenca


CONCERT DINNER MENU

ANTIPASTO:
MELON Y PROSCUITO
INSALATA CON BELGIAN ENDIVE, FRIZEE, AND HERBS
WITH ARCOSANTI OLIVE OIL  VINEGRETTE

SECONDO:
GAME HEN MARSALA OR MUSHROOM MEDLEY IN PUFF PASTRY

CONTORNO:
TRICOLORED BOW TIE PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE
ZUCCINI AND CARROT BUNLDES

DOLCE:
TIRUMISU

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