Our annual celebration of all things Italian takes place on June 21st. The annual Italian Night combines an al fresco dinner feast–featuring our signature pasta-in-wheelbarrows!– with live performance throughout the evening, and culminating in a mainstage show in the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater. 

[photo: Cosanti Foundation founder Paolo Soleri serving pasta from a wheelbarrow during the Italian Night 2010]

In the mischievous tradition of 15th- and 16th-century Italy’s commedia dell’arte, you’ll be entertained, interrupted, disdained and disrupted by our troupe of players. From the parking lot to the Vaults to the Amphitheater, join Arlecchino and Co. (including soprano Jayne Casselman and tenor Michael McCall) for a delightful evening of Italian song old and new, arias, duets, much masked frivolity…and the occasional attempt to steal your spaghetti!

In addition to the culinary fun and theatrical hijinks, this year’s Italian Night falls on the summer solstice, marking the conclusion of our Spring Event Calendar and celebrating the 95th anniversary of the birth of Arcosanti’s founder, artist and architect Paolo Soleri. 

To commemorate the occasion, we are holding a raffle for an original drawing by Paolo Soleri as well as 1 of 5 limited-edition prints.  All attendees receive 1 raffle ticket with their admission, and may purchase more during the event, with the winners to be announced as part of the mainstage show. All proceeds benefit the Paolo Soleri Archives at Arcosanti.

[photo: Paolo Soleri original drawing to be raffled]

5:00 PM  After-hours Tour of Arcosanti
6:00 PM  Dinner
7:30 PM  Mainstage Show in the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater

Commedia dell’arte performance continuous throughout event.

Event includes raffle for 1 original Soleri drawing and 5 limited-edition prints.

[photo: one of the five limited-edition prints to be raffled]

$50 includes tour, dinner, show & 1 raffle ticket

$10 each additional raffle ticket

For reservations: 928.632.7135, RSVP strongly recommended


Insalata Caprese of Fresh Mozzarella & Arcosanti Basil
Warm Mission Olives with Arcosanti Rosemary & Citrus Zest

Pasta à la Arcosanti
Served from a Wheelbarrow, with Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Marinara

Beef Braciole
Vegan Italian Pepper Flags stuffed with Polenta & Spinach

Squash Medley with White Wine & Thyme
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic

Forest Berry or Coffee Crunch Gelato from Cool Gelato Italiano in Scottsdale 


Jayne Casselman, soprano
Michael McCall, tenor
Jennifer Hoppe, piano
Owen Davis, percussion
Jeff Stein, narrator
Moon Valley High School Thespians led by Sandy Vernon

JAYNE CASSELMAN, soprano, began her career at the Kansas City Lyric Opera before moving to Germany and the opera houses of Kaiserslautern, Kassel, Dortmund and Mannheim. Her repetoire includes over 60 roles, and in 2009 she founded her own theater, Kulturhof Huthmacher in Dierbach, Germany.  She received the Distinguished Artists Award in Philadelphia and was nominated Singer of the Year by the Opernwelt in Budapest. In the US she has done Master Classes and Recitals at ASU, the University of Arizona, and Glendale Community College.  Currently Jayne collaborates with pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler in an art song recital series at the Marshall-LeKae Gallery in Scottsdale, and teaches Applied Voice at Yavapai College.

MICHAEL MaCALL, tenor, composer and conductor, has performed extensively in Germany, Austria, Greece and the United States. He studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein and served for many years as the principal associate music director of the Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, and was concurrently a guest conductor with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. As a singer, he has performed an extensive repertoire of opera, operetta and musical theater roles on many stages. He is the composer of numerous works, including The Song of Solomon and “Prayer for Peace.” He is the recipient of the First Place Award from the National Opera Association and the Mobile Austria Meistersinger Competition. He is also a faculty member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

OWEN DAVIS, composer, percussionist, and improviser, is based in Chicago, IL. He is a driven and adamant advocate of the creation and performance of new music in his community. Owen is extremely active in projects, concerts, and collaborations that serve to advance creativity and innovation in the arts: teaching an annual contemporary chamber music and composition workshop to high school students in the Chaparral MusicFest, founding two contemporary music ensembles (Erasable Color in Arizona and ensemble mocrep Chicago).  He is currently a graduate assistant pursuing a master’s degree in Music Composition at DePaul University where he studies with Chris Wendell Jones, Kurt Westerburg, and Seung-Ah Oh.

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