Contemporary works on tap for UA recital

Compositions from Italy and the United States are among those that will take center stage at a University of Arizona recital at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Emanuele Arciuli is the guest pianist, and works by Daniel Asia, Giacinto Scelsi, Frederic Rzewski and Edvard Grieg, among others, will be on the program.

Arciuli brings an international reputation to the performance: He is a regular at such places as La Scala (Milan, Italy), the Berliner Festwochen, and the Miami Piano Festival.

The recital is in Holsclaw Hall in the School of Music in the UA Fine Arts Complex, North Park Avenue and East Speedway.

In addition, Arciuli, who is also a writer and musicologist, will give a lecture on contemporary Italian music at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the School of Music's Green Room.

Both events are free.

Sunnyside senior takes poetry championship

Cassandra Valadez beat out more than 13,000 Arizona high school students to win the Arizona Poetry Out Loud championship in Phoenix earlier this month.

The next stop for the Sunnyside High School senior is Washington, D.C., where she will represent the state in the national competition.

As the state winner, Valadez pocketed $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition next month. Sunnyside receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books for the library.

The contest, designed to encourage the reading of poetry, is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The event combines traditional poetry, slam poetry and theater. Judging is based on voice and articulation, physical presence, evidence of understanding, dramatic appropriateness, level of difficulty and accuracy.

Kathleen Allen