ITALIAN NIGHT at Arcosanti, once again, was a great success. A lively crowd of visitors and many alumni enjoyed a lovely evening that began with a tour of the site and a delicious dinner served in the Vaults.
Menu consisted of
antipasto, insalata condimento alla Soleri, pasta estiva [dramatically served from wheel barrows by Paolo Soleri], Piccata di pollo per i peccatori, melanzane ripiene, fagiolini con rosmarino, and for dessert gelato al limone e biscottini.
The evenings program continued in the Colly Soleri amphitheater with a medley of songs from the operas of Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mascagni and Gioaccino Rossini.
Pianist Dynamic voices of the evening were Soprano SUZAN HANSON and Bass-Baritone DEAN ELZINGA.
Suzan Hanson combines careers in Opera, Theater, and Musical theater, and was thrilled to be back on the Arcosanti stage.
For Susan, 2008 began in Verona as Pat Nixon in “Nixon in China”, followed by a reprisal of Eurydice in “Orpheus X” for the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Blessed with a voice of exquisite beauty and power, which has been lauded by critics and audience members alike, it certainly delighted this audience.
Superb singer and actor, bass-baritone DEAN ELZINGA, is regularly welcomed on concert and opera stages, often in contemporary works requiring his unique dramatic conviction, presence and assured musicianship. He enjoyed international acclaim for Peter Maxwell Davies’s fiendishly difficult Eight Songs for a Mad King, performing it in New York and Cleveland, with Jonathan Sheffer conducting the Eos and Red Orchestras, respectively. He sang the title role in Harold Farberman’s A Song of Eddie and Schoenberg’s Die glückliche Hand at New York’s Bard Festival, and Eliot Carter’s What next? at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Music was followed by Italian Night Pictograph 2008 “How the West was Peaked”, once again choreographed by Tomiaki Tamura and performed by staff members Matteo Di Michele, Alex Dixon, Erin Jeffries, Jeffrey Michal and Carina Trendafilova.
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The theme was portrayed in a shadowplay on the mesa across from the Arcosanti site, to the music of Ennio Morricone, Falls from “Mission” and Nini Rosso “Il Silenzio”.