Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.


Italian Night

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Come celebrate all things Italian with a delicious dinner under the Vaults and a performance celebrating the Commedia dell'Arte of 15th- and 16th-century Italy. We'll be entertained, interrupted, disdained and disrupted by our own troupe of players. From the parking lot to the vaults to the Amphitheater, come join Arlecchino and Co. for a delightful evening of Italian song old and new, arias, duets, much masked frivolity...and the occasional attempt to steal your spaghetti!

5:00 pm Tour of Arcosanti
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Concert
Tickets are $50 for the concert & dinner, including a raffle ticket
Event reservations required
For tickets, please call 928.632.7135

RAFFLE (for Paolo Soleri Archives Fund):

The ticket price includes one raffle ticket to win a Soleri original drawing (framed drawing pictured on the left, worth $2,500) or
one of 5 autographed limited edition (100) lithographs (without frame pictured below, worth $75 each). These lithographs are currently sold at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art) exclusively.
Additional raffle ticket available for $10 each. The proceeds from the raffle ticket sale go to the Paolo Soleri Archives Fund.



Insalata Caprese of Fresh Mozzarella & Arcosanti Basil
Warm Mission Olives with Arcosanti Rosemary & Citrus Zest

Pasta à la Arcosanti
Served from a Wheelbarrow with Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Marinara

Beef Braciole
Vegan Italian Pepper Flags stuffed with Polenta & Spinach

Squash Medley with White Wine & Thyme
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic

Forest Berry or Coffee Crunch Gelato from Cool Gelato Italiano in Scottsdale


Jayne Casselman, Soprano
Michael McCall, Tenor
Jennifer Hoppe, Piano
Owen Davis, Percussion
Jeff Stein, Narrator
and the Moon Valley High School Thespians lead by Sandy Vernon.

Jayne Casselman, soprano, began her career at the Kansas City Lyric Opera before moving to Germany and the opera houses of Kaiserslautern, Kassel, Dortmund and Mannheim. Her repetoire includes over 60 roles, and in 2009 she founded her own theater, Kulturhof Huthmacher in Dierbach, Germany.  She received the Distinguished Artists Award in Philadelphia and was nominated Singer of the Year by the Opernwelt in Budapest. In the US she has done Master Classes and Recitals at ASU, the University of Arizona, and Glendale Community College.  Currently Jayne collaborates with pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler in an art song recital series at the Marshall-LeKae Gallery in Scottsdale, and teaches Applied Voice at Yavapai College.

Owen Davis, composer, percussionist, and improviser is based in Chicago, IL. He is a driven and adamant advocate of the creation and performance of new music in his community. Owen is extremely active in projects, concerts, and collaborations that serve to advance creativity and innovation in the arts –– teaching an annual contemporary chamber music and composition workshop to high school students in the Chaparral MusicFest, founding two contemporary music ensembles (Erasable Color in Arizona and ensemble mocrep Chicago).  He is currently a graduate assistant pursuing a master's degree in Music Composition at DePaul University where he studies with Chris Wendell Jones, Kurt Westerburg, and Seung-Ah Oh.

Michael McCall, tenor, composer and conductor, has performed extensively in Germany, Austria, Greece and the United States. He studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein and served for many years as the principal associate music director of the Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, and was concurrently a guest conductor with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. As a singer, he has performed an extensive repertoire of opera, operetta and musical theater roles on many stages. He is the composer of numerous works, including The Song of Solomon and “Prayer for Peace.” He is the recipient of the First Place Award from the National Opera Association and the Mobile Austria Meistersinger Competition. He is also a faculty member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
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