Arizona Arts & Culture News: Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni”; National Spelling Bee; Missing de Kooning paintings; Tucson Botanical Gardens

March 22, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

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Acclaimed conductor to lead Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ at Arizona Opera / Daily Independent

Daniela Candillari’s acclaimed 2023-2024 season continues in April with a return to Arizona Opera. The conductor known for her “confidence and apparently inexhaustible verve” (The New York Times) leads four performances of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in Phoenix in April.


ASU’s Holi event draws thousands for colorful cultural celebration / The State Press

An explosion of color transformed ASU’s Tempe campus into a bright gathering of unity in an event hosted by the Indian Students’ Association. The celebration, which attracted about 2,000 people, offered the ASU community the opportunity to witness a celebration of the Hindu holiday, Holi.


This 13-year-old will represent Arizona at national Spelling Bee. See the winning word / Arizona Republic

Ten children competed in the final round of the Arizona Spelling Bee at the Madison Center for the Arts in Phoenix on March 16. The champion, 13-year-old homeschool student Aliyah Alpert, spelled her way through a crowd of more than 500,000 Arizona students to clinch the top prize at the finals.


American pianists awards announces five finalists / The Violin Channel

Five finalists were selected in a blind audition process to compete for the prestigious Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship given every four years to an American classical pianist at the end of the 13-month competition. The winner will embark on a recital tour which will include performances with the Phoenix Symphony and Tucson Symphony.


Mystery deepens: Was a de Kooning painting the only stolen art in couple’s home? / ABC 15

In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” was stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art. After being missing for decades, it was found in 2017, by then valued at more than $100 million. Two other paintings were also stolen at the time, and now the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, is looking into whether those two paintings are one and the same.


Museum of Northern Arizona honors Indigenous youth artists / Navajo-Hopi Observer

Judges recognized young Indigenous artists for their storytelling, unique perspectives, use of color, and reflection on culture in the 2024 Indigenous Art Competition and Exhibition presented by the Museum of Northern Arizona.


EA’s EAC’s Fine Art Council celebrates student artist Baylen Hartley as Presidential Spotlight Artist for spring 2024 / The Gila Herald

Eastern Arizona College’s Fine Art Council announced Baylen Hartley as the Presidential Spotlight Artist for spring 2024, a designation which serves as a recognition of Hartley’s talent, dedication, and contributions to the arts community at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.


A Glimpse of the Gardens: New exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens / Green Living Magazine

After being closed for several months earlier this year, the Tucson Botanical Gardens is back with a stunning new exhibition featuring the work of Ricardo Soltero and a slew of new safety precautions to ensure that all visitors can enjoy the beauty of the gardens.


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