The beginning of spring at Arcosanti was marked with the annual Vivaldi performance, which took place outdoors in the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater.
The night sky was clear and beautiful, and the temperate weather complimented the orchestration and vocals.
This year, the performances included those of Terpsicore Dance Co., founded by Danna Parker and directed by Samantha Lupascu, and Yuma Ballet Theater, directed by Jared Mesa.
A live painting by Jim Covarrubias, who was performing onstage for his 3rd consecutive year at Arcosanti, was accompanied by dancers, and later in the evening, by vocals from tenor Guillermo Ontiveros.
The night started out with an elegant and delicious dinner in Arcosanti’s café. Guests and residents alike intermingled among the tables, set with live roses.
Every expression presented by the artists pleased the crowd, and great applause was heard after each performance.
Tenor Guillermo Ontiveros was born in Hermosillo, Sonora. He was selected for the 2007 George Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, and has performed in Italy, Mexico, and the United States. Guillermo moved to Arizona in 2008 and since then has performed as a concert artist with the Phoenix Opera.[photo & text: workshop participant in Soleri Archives, Logan Bier]
The dancers made their way across the stage in swirling, glistening dresses and technical ballet was performed, bridging the gap between modern dance and the classical music it was choreographed for.
The work was challenging and very well performed by the various groups of dancers.
It was a delightful evening of elegant performances, greatly enhanced by the practiced, powerful and seasoned voice of Guillermo Ontiveros.
The night drew to a close with a raffle of the Jim Covarrubias live painting, as well as other artistic works he graciously entered to be won. Covarrubias helped to found the Movimiento Artistico Chicano del Rio Salado (MARS) art group, and ARIZTLAN, a statewide organization of Hispanic artists and writers. He has studied in Paris and other European cities, and has been a part of live performance art for years.[photo & text: workshop participant in Soleri Archives, Logan Bier]