Prominent soprano performs; art history series kicks off

2013-04-11T00:00:00Z Prominent soprano performs; art history series kicks off Arizona Daily Star
April 11, 2013 12:00 am


Soprano Salaz set for performance

Soprano Vanessa Salaz will be on stage at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday, performing favorite arias of Puccini and Mozart and songs of Liszt, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Obradors. Her performance begins at 11:30 a.m., and she will be accompanied by pianist Raymond Ryder.

Following a decade of performing opera around the world, Salaz has returned to her hometown of Tucson. Recent performances include the Countess in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" with the Connecticut Grand Opera; Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" with the Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle Ile, France; and Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni" with Opera in the Heights in Houston.

Her Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 resulted from her first-place finish in the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award. She went on to appear as soloist in Ravel's "Sheherazade," Haydn's "The Seasons," Bach's "Christmas Oratorio," Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and Mozart's "Exsultate Jubilate." Salaz's performance in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's "Christmas at the Mission" was nationally broadcast on PBS.

Salaz earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in music at the University of Arizona. She then earned a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music.

Since returning to Tucson, Salaz has become involved in teaching with the Tucson Unified School District's Opening Minds through the Arts program, taking arts-integrated lessons to elementary schools.

- Leslie Nitzberg

April 18

UA scholar to give 3 art history lectures

Paul Eli Ivey and other lecturers who conduct the UA Humanities Seminars are selected for their exceptional teaching abilities. So it's no surprise that Ivey, who has taught art history at the university since 1989, has been invited to give three lectures this spring at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Ivey's specialty is modern and contemporary art, theory and criticism. He will share his expertise and research on this subject area with Academy Village audiences in April and May.

The topics will be treated chronologically. The first, "The Rise of American Art After World War II," will be presented next Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The second, "Pop, Minimalism and Earth Art," will follow on April 25.

After a gap, the third, "The Dematerialization of the Art Object," will be presented May 16.

In the interim, Ivey will be participating in signings of his recently released book, "Radiance From Halcyon: A Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science," published by University of Minnesota Press.

- Janet Kerans

About Academy Village

• Events are held in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center, 13715 E. Langtry Lane.

• Nonresidents who want to ensure priority seating can make reservations by emailing or calling 647-0980.

• To learn more about the academy, go to online.

• Visitors can buy lunch at the Academy Cafe across the courtyard from the Arizona Senior Academy Building. The cafe is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Prices range from $4.50 to $9.50. For more information, call the cafe at 647-0903.

• Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

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