Last week the Arcosanti crew prepared the site for the 26th Annual Colly Concert. This event celebrates 26 years of bringing cultural events to the high desert of central Arizona. The memory of Cosanti Foundation co-founder Colly Woods Soleri is honored with an evening of food, music, and celebration in the Music Center that bears her name.
[from upper left] Cafe crew member Erin Turner and Kristina Soleri, oldest daughter of Paolo Soleri, prepare Granny’s Borscht.
The kitchen crew.
Workshop coordinator Matteo Di Michele bastes freshly baked breadsticks with olive oil.
Baker Virginia Schutte displays beautiful italian candy-cookies that will decorate cantaloupe boats with icecream.
The cafe dining room is ready for dinner.
Chef Carrie Krueger put together the menu:
Granny’s Borscht, Rosemary Chicken, Eggplant Parmesan, Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon, Parsleyed Potatoes, Bread Sticks, and for dessert Colly’s Cantaloupe Boats.
Daniela Soleri, younger daughter of Paolo Soleri, introduced this years performer Sonya Lee with a rememberance that Miss Lee actually lived here at Arcosanti as a baby, during her first year.
Sonya-Kumico Lee is the daughter of alumnus Doug Lee, who worked with Paolo Soleri during many of the early years of the Cosanti Foundation. Doug is a member of the Cosanti Foundation Board of Directors.
This was Miss Lee’s sixth appearance at the Colly Soleri Music Center and again she delighted her audience with a passionate and very powerful, a techniqually very difficult yet beautifully accomplished, an awesome performance.
Sonya Lee began her musical studies at the age of three. Since winning her first competition at age seven, Sonya Lee has gone on to win top prizes in national and international piano competitions. She has been heard in concert in such halls as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Center; Steinway Hall; the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado; the Salles de Colonnes at the Chateau Fontainebleau and Bel Ebat Parc in France; Aoyama Hall in Osaka, Japan; and the Honeni Temple in Kyoto, Japan, among other. Miss Lee has been the featured soloist with festival orchestras throughout Southern California and with the Juilliard Alumni Champer Orchestra at the Proshansky Auditorium at City Universities in NYC. Miss Lee holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Oxana Yablonskaya and Emanuel Ax.