[from upper left] Preparations for Italian Night started last Friday with Tomiaki Tamura going through all of the steps, with table arrangements and teams lined out on a whiteboard.
Tables and chairs had to be taken out of storage and placed, programs were folded, table cloths had to be tied down, and as in most years past, it started sprinkling right then ….
[from upper left] ….. Tomiaki met with the serving teams, Joseph prepared beautiful flower arrangements, the serving team ready for action.
[from left] This years chef Nathan Hodgson prepared a delicious meal, and here is Paolo Soleri before the crowd arrived.
Part of this event is the serving of pasta from wheel barrows. The crew is waiting for Mary Hoadley to announce the entrance of the pasta …
… and Paolo Soleri, at 91 years, served pasta to the guests.
Italian Night 2010 dinner in the Vaults.
This years entertainment was provided by virtuoso accordionist and composer Nick Ariondo, with guest artists multi-faceted musicians Larry Hughes on clarinet and soprano sax and Jean Sudbury on violin and mandolin.
It was a high energy, excellent performance, received by the crowd with much enthusiasm.
As a winner of Italy’s Ancona/Catelfidardo Prize in 1987 for his chamber music and two Grammy awards with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Nick Ariondo is “a brilliant success,” according to Zubin Mehta, and “a one-man force to be reckoned with” says Dianne Bates.
Nick Ariondo has received 20 consecutive annual ASCAP awards for his compositions & arrangements as he continues to surprise audiences with his incomparable artistry.