Preparations for the annual Colly Concert started early with the crews preparing the amphitheater and the cafe.
[from left] Chef Caterina Loy prepared a delicious meal with help from workshop participant Tommaso Osti and scholarship participant Paolo Vozzella.
The menu included favorite recipes from the Soleri family:
Granny’s Borscht, Herbed Chicken, Potato Surprise, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Sweet Peas with Arcosanti Mint, Green Salad with Paolo’s Dressing, Breadsticks and for dessert Colly’s Cantaloupe Boats.
[photo] The cafe viewed from the visitors center gallery.
The afternoon event started with complementary tours and a Wine & Cheese reception in the Colly Garden in front of the Vaults.
This, the 28th Annual Colly Concert on Saturday, September 12. 2009, welcomed back accomplished pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee for her eight performance here at Arcosanti.
Ms. Lee arrived a few days early and Arcosanti residents had the pleasure to be able to listen to the practice of an extraordinary performer.
The program consisted of beloved classics including Scarlatti, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Scriabin.
Words can do little justice to a performance of true brilliance and sparkle, hauntingly lovely and accomplished with perfection.
Sonya Lee has garnered a reputation amongst audiences worldwide as a pianist who plays in the grand Romantic tradition as “ she delights the audience with a passionate and beautifully accomplished, awesome performance.” Ms. Lee performs a diverse repertoire including blockbusters by Beethoven, Liszt and Prokofiev, to the sonatas of Scarlatti and Haydn, as well as works by Japanese and contemporary American composers.
Ms. Lee has recently been touted as a cross-cultural ambassador of Classical music for students in other disciplines of the performing arts and was invited as a guest lecturer to speak and perform at New York University’s Drama Department.
Most recently, Ms. Lee was presented in her Orange County Recital Debut at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens at Cal State Long Beach, performing works by Ginastera, Liszt, Chopin and Beethoven in a sold out concert.
Ms. Lee has given recital debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Aoyama Hall in Osaka, Japan, at the Honenin Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and has given numerous solo and chamber music performances at renowned concert halls throughout cities in the U.S. including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Aspen, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Abroad, Ms. Lee has performed at the Salle des Colonnes in Fontainebleau and at Bel Ebat Parc in France, and at the Create Center Hall in Osaka, Japan. As a chamber musician, Ms. Lee has collaborated with members of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and with several illustrious alumni of The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Yale University.
Ms. Lee’s affinity for rock music recently led to a collaboration with Rivers Cuomo from the band Weezer in a performance of “I Was Scared” by Mr. Cuomo and arranged for piano by Ms. Lee, which was aired on Stereogum.com and National Public Radio.
Ms. Lee was born in Tokyo, Japan and began musical studies in Southern California at the early age of three. Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with Oxana Yablonskaya and Emanuel Ax.
Sonya 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.