In keeping with Arcosanti’s traditional event-night experience, the evening began at 5 pm with an after-hours tour of Arcosanti, this time led by Arcosanti’s ecotourism coordinator, naturalist Anne-Marie Vaduva. [photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer] At 6 pm, attendees gathered in the Cafe at Arcosanti for a sold-out 6-course meal created by Chef M. Ali Sadiqi and his team of dedicated staff and volunteers. With a menu of such culinary delights as classic Caprese sald with Arcosanti basil, fresh trout, roast potatoes with truffle oil, and a sweet polenta souffle with chocolate-hazelnut sauce, it was a full house of satisfied palettes![photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] This year’s Vivaldi Festival brought together a wonderful array of performers and artists: soprano Eileen Mager, pianist GayNell Cronin, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, painter Jim Covarrubius, Terpiscore Dance Company, Zona Flamenca with Bernadette Gaxiola, and glass artists Joshua Dopp and Brigid O’Malley.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] May 21, 2014On Saturday, May 17th, Arcosanti hosted the 17th edition of the Arizona Vivaldi Festival, an annual event presented by Arts Renaissance Initiative. The festival began earlier this month with events in Phoenix, is a celebration of “the maestro’s magic in song, dance, dinner and glass.” [photo: Sue Kirsch, text: Kate Bemesderfer] Following dinner, guests had the opportunity to see a live Venetian glassblowing demonstration (and a rare glimpse inside the Arcosanti Lab Building) with Joshua Dopp and his Highway Hotshop, a portable glass studio. Josh’s demonstration highlighted a weekend of glass-working activities at Arcosanti that included his 3-day workshop and fellow glass artist Brigid O’Malley’s afternoon presentation on architectural glass–keep an eye out for a glass workshop with Brigid at Arcosanti this fall. As part of the evening, one of Joshua’s pieces was raffled off to raise funds for the Arcosanti community–the lucky winner turned out to be one of the stars of the festival, Eileen Mager! More about the glass workshop in Friday, 5/23/2014 report.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer]Around 7:30, the audience settled into the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater for the concert itself, which began with a tribute to Paolo Soleri from festival organizer and ARI founder Michel Sarda. With great humor and scholarship, Eileen Mager guided the audience through a selection of Vivaldi arias, Terpiscore Dance Company transformed orchestral pieces into modern movement, Thula Ngwenyama enchanted us with her Stradivarius renditions of several works, Zona Flamenca infused classical music with the energy and passion of flamenco, and Jim Covarrubius created an original painting (also raffled off to a lucky audience member at the end of the night) live onstage as the concert unfolded.[photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]With its unique constellation of inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-historical interpretations of one of the world’s great composers, the Arizona Vivaldi Festival remains one of Arcosanti’s premiere events–we look forward to next year’s iteration![photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]
Matthias KurthCable Europe has said that new telecoms competition rules are not justified or proportionate, after the European Parliament adopted amendments to the Electronic Communications Code.The industry body – which represents broadband cable TV operators – commended the Industry and Research and Energy Committee (ITRE)’s work to date, but warned against introducing “legal uncertainties” that could affect companies investing in gigaspeed networks.“The ITRE Committee has made a remarkable effort on this complex piece of legislation. However, competition rules applying to joint dominance need to be strictly aligned with European Union case law,” said Cable Europe executive chairman, Matthias Kurth.“The introduction of additional competition rules which are specific to the telecommunications sector simply isn’t justified and is not proportionate, specifically when you consider the wider competitive landscape and the presence of over-the-top players.”The comments came after the ITRE Committee adopted a number of amendments in a vote on the long-debated report on a European Electronic Communications Code.The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) – a body that promotes market liberalisation and competition – welcomed the “overall pro-competitive compromise reached between the different political groups”, but said that the future of competition “remains a major concern in the ongoing reform”.“Only a fully pro-competitive framework will release the full innovation and investment potential of Europe and deliver benefits for end-users,” said ECTA executive director, Luc Hindryckx.