Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.


    The 33rd Annual Colly Soleri Concert:

     Sonya Kumiko Lee, pianist
       Melina Kalomas, vocalist

      Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ms. Kalomas and Ms. Lee are thrilled to return to Arcosanti, and invite you to sail into an evening of music and storytelling with Richard Strauss’s setting of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poignant narrative poem, “Enoch Arden” for piano and narrator!

As a duo, Ms. Kalomas and Ms. Lee have dazzled and delighted audiences with a diverse repertoire that spans classical, jazz, musical theater and French chansons.

4:30 pm Tour of Arcosanti
5:30 pm Reception (Wine and Cheese)
6:00 pm Performance
7:30 pm Dinner

$40 for Reception, Performance and Dinner
$20 for Performance only
Dinner reservations required


[Downloadable Poster link at the bottom of the page]

Dinner Menu:

Soup: Chilled Borscht
Salad: 3 Flavors Salad: Lychees, Endive, & Apples with Apple Cider Vinegar and Raisin Dressing
Entrées: Honey Maple Salmon or Honey Maple Adzuki Bean Stuffed Acorn Squash (Vegan alternative)
Sides: Mustard Greens and Wild Rice Pilaf with Shiitake Mushrooms
Dessert: Green Tea Flan with Cherry Marmalade

About the artists:

Pianist Sonya Lee has performed as a soloist at world-renowned concert halls throughout the U.S and abroad including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Create Center Hall in Osaka, Japan, and many more.  Sonya  is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was the student of pianists Emanuel Ax and Oxana Yablonskaya.

Vocalist and actress Melina Kalomas is a graduate of The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and has performed at major theaters across the U.S. and abroad including LA’s Pantages Theater, Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago, and the Boston Opera House among many others. 

About a special piece the artists perform:

In honor of Richard Strauss’s 150th anniversary, actress Melina Kalomas and pianist Sonya Lee are thrilled to perform the German Romantic composer’s melodrama, “Enoch Arden” for piano and narrator.

Composed in 1897, Strauss sets Alfred Lord Tennyson’s narrative poem of the same title to a musical backdrop that punctuates the text with leitmotifs depicting the three main characters. The poem tells the poignant story of three childhood friends - Enoch Arden, Philip Ray, and Annie Lee – who find themselves in a love triangle and experience heartbreak in turns.  Philip, who loved Annie for years in silence, watches on as Enoch and Annie wed and have three children, but the financial burden forces Enoch to take a job at sea. In a tragic turn of events, Enoch is lost at sea, and after years of hanging on to hope, Annie accepts that Enoch is gone and marries Philip. Enoch does finally make his way back home, only to find that Annie and Philip have moved on, and wanting to protect her happiness, Enoch decides he will not reveal himself to them. It is only years after Enoch’s death that she learns his identity.

Although “Enoch Arden” was popular in the late 1800s, the melodrama genre came to be considered passé when trends changed, and the piece fell into obscurity. However, in recent years, the work has seen a resurgence in popularity with performances and recordings by noted collaborations between actor Claude Rains and pianist Glenn Gould, and between actor Patrick Stewart and pianist Emanuel Ax.

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