US. HERE. NOW. THE NEW AMERICAN DRAMA SERIES / October 2017
Wednesday, October 11th
Professional actors collaborated with students from DSU’s Department of Theatre under the direction of Kathryn Syssoyeva for this series of staged readings presenting cutting-edge, award-winning drama by contemporary American playwrights. Ranging from realism to the absurd, pathos to dark comedy, these plays engaged audiences on topics surrounding some of society's most urgent concerns – the demise of industry, the vanishing middle class, race relations, social fragmentation, global warming, and more... Each reading was preceded by a presentation on the playwright and the play, and followed by a conversation between audience, cast, and director about the themes of these rich new works, and their relevance to our own social and political realities.
HARVEST MOON MINI-FESTIVAL / October 2017
Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th
A large crowd came out to Kayenta for this exciting and free two-day mini-festival! Galleries and artist studios hosted guest-artists exhibiting their collections and special events included a food tasting and demonstration by Executive Chef Victoria Topham of Petite Feast, fall planting tips from members of the Desert Arboretum, and much more!
LATINO ROOTS AND ANDEAN FLUTES / October 2017
Friday, October 6th
Latino Roots with Andean Flutes celebrates the rich heritage of its dancers and musicians through authentic music and choreographies that represent the cultures of the Americas. Audiences were delighted by this array of entertaining and beautiful performances.
ROSIN ECLECTIC CELLO DUO / September 2017
Saturday, September 23rd
Utah cellists Jessika Soli and Daniel Gaisford, known as Rosin, impressed the audience with a charismatic, energetic cello performance in the new Lorraine Boccardo Theatre. The songs they performed varied from Telemann and Klengel to Coldplay and Michael Jackson. It was a great night to enjoy exciting music from two talented musicians in the new theatre.
GROOVE ON - RETRO DANCE PARTY / July 2017
Saturday, July 30th
Guests at this groovy event danced the night away to their favorite retro hits as a fundraiser for the outfitting campaign for the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. The night also included a silent auction as a part of the fundraising effort.
POETRY UNDER THE STARS 7 / July 2017
Saturday, July 22nd
Since its inception by Garry Peter Morris and Ryan Rutkoskie, the Kayenta Arts Foundation’s Poetry Under the Stars event has been known as an evening of beautifully crafted poetry, powerful performances, and intense emotions. For the seventh year in a row, Poetry Under the Stars delighted and enthralled the audience with poetry performed by poets both new and familiar. Event director Darren M. Edwards was joined by Janae Godfrey, Ron Coulson, and Whitney Shurtleff, and for the first time ever, this year’s performance featured original musical compositions by Sydney Robb.
Kayenta Arts Foundation was pleased to host this event for the seventh year since its creation.
ST. GEORGE OPERA COMPANY / June 2017
Saturday, July 1st
Outstanding voices from 5 states joined forces on July 1st to bring our audience first-rate entertainment at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. The St. George Opera performed two of Menotti's hilarious Operettas, The Old Maid and the Thief and The Telephone. The group brought a modern twist to this classical art form and delighted audiences with a matinee and an evening performance.
COYOTE TALES LIVE STORYTELLING / June 2017
Saturday, June 17th
Attendees of this event enjoyed the storytelling abilities of locals as they spoke on the theme of "Lost and Found". The stories told focused on a wide range of topics, each with a unique twist. It was a great evening to gather to share experiences and memories with each other.
Visit the Coyote Tales website to learn more about these events: coyotetales.kayentaartsfoundation.org
SUPER VOLCANO! - A LECTURE BY RON SMITH / June 2017
Wednesday, June 14th
Ron Smith, retired planetarium educator, delighted event attendees as he uncovered past super volcanic eruptions, one even occurring in Southern Utah. Smith also discussed the 8 super volcanoes that exist today and discussed what risk we all face from a Yellowstone eruption. This educational evening was made even sweeter with free Veyo Pies.
DAVID JORGENSEN IN CONCERT / May 2017
Wednesday, May 10th
Attendees of this intimate concert enjoyed listening to singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Jorgensen as he provided the audience with a blend of original songs. The evening's music evoked reflection, emotion, and sweet memories.
STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL 2017 / April 2017
Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th
2017's Street Painting Festival was a great success! Professional artists and student teams came together to transform the Kayenta Art Village into a canvas of beautiful colors and creations. Visitors enjoyed watching the artists create beautiful works of art before their own eyes while listening to live music and enjoying delicious food.
THE MAKING OF A MURALIST / April 2017
Friday, April 28th
At this event, Anat Ronen, Houston based street artist and painter of the Gila Monster mural in Kayenta Art Village, told about her journey to becoming a successful world renowned professional artist in just 8 years -- without studying, planning or even dreaming of doing so. Later in the weekend Anat wowed crowds once again with her work at the Street Painting Festival.
THE NEANDERTHAL WITHIN US / April 2017
Tuesday, April 18th
Four years ago Svante Paabo and his research team at the Max Planck Institute discovered the complete Neanderthal genome. Most people of European ancestry have between 2 to 4 percent Neanderthal DNA. That means when modern humans migrated into Europe about 45,000 years ago, Neanderthals and modern humans interbred. Where do Neanderthals fit in the human family tree? Ron Smith, former earth science professor and planetarium educator, will reveal what Neanderthal genes and physical characteristics remain in European populations today. Be surprised to discover the "Neanderthal within you." $5 cash only at the door
BACH AND FRIENDS - A CELEBRATION! / March 2017
Friday, March 31st
Attendees of this event enjoyed an evening of chamber music for strings from the Baroque Era in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday. KAF Directors Larissa Sah, viola, and Susan Talley, piano, joined by Jason Sah, viola, and Ka-Wai Yu, 'cello and viola da gamba, provided beautiful music for the evening
ANTIGONE OF SOPHOCLES / March 2017
Saturday, March 11th
Dr. Kathryn Syssoyeva, director of “Theatre and Society” - a project of the Dixie State University Department of Theatre - presented a public reading of Malina’s translation of Brecht’s "Antigone of Sophocles", performed by students of the DSU Department of Theatre. Following the reading, attendees were engaged in an open forum discussion on the play’s relevance to our present political moment.
NEW HORIZONS: PLUTO AND BEYOND / February 2017
Tuesday, February 21st
For most of human history, Pluto remained veiled in mystery. Lying 3 billion miles from the sun, it moved through a dim twilight of unimaginable cold. The successful flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft revealed a planet containing deep craters, towering mountain ranges, a vast plain of frozen nitrogen, and an thin atmosphere. Attendees of this presentation by astronomer Ron Smith gained a better appreciation of this dwarf planet and learned why Pluto has been "demoted" from planetary status.
STANDING ROOM ONLY - AN OPEN HOUSE / January 2017
Saturday, January 28th
Attendees of Standing Room Only had the chance to drop by the newly-completed Center for the Arts at Kayenta! A tour of the new facility was followed by treats and conversation about what's next for the Center for the Arts.
CELLO AND PIANO CONCERT / January 2017
Saturday, January 7th
Attendees of this event were delighted by the talents of cellist Dr. Tido Janssen and pianist Stacy Kwak as they performed in a private Kayenta home. Light refreshments were served as concertgoers enjoyed the beautiful works the two musicians performed together. A portion of this event's proceeds were dedicated to the development of the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.
PETITE FEAST DINNER CLUB EVENING / December 2016
Saturday, December 10th
Chef Victoria Topham opened up her kitchen to share her unique culinary skills and healthy cooking style with guests at this Petite Feast Dinner Club event benefiting the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Guests socialized with new friends around a shared table while enjoying a deliciously upscale meal that included a special cocktail & hors d’oeuvre hour followed by a multi-course dinner where attendees mingled with the chef in the kitchen. The event was a great time for guests to get to know each other while helping support the building of the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.
ST. GEORGE CHAMBER SINGERS / December 2016
Saturday, December 3rd
KAF gladly presented the second concert by the St. George Chamber Singers at the Veterans Home of Southern Utah in Ivins. The Singers' repertoire included the Menotti “Unicorn” as well as some Christmas favorites. Roger Hale, assistant conductor of SGCS and Director of Choral Activities at Dixie State University, conducted this concert. Attendees enjoyed listening to the talented singers and getting into the Christmas spirit together.
DAVID ANDERSEN CLASSICAL GUITAR / November 2016
Friday, November 18th
Attendees of this event were delighted by the music of the talented guitarist David Andersen in a Kayenta Home. The setlist for the evening included works such as Usher's Waltz N. Koshkin (b.1956), Variations on a Theme of Sor M. Llobet (1878-1938), Suite Del Recuerdo J.L. Merlin (b. 1952) and Koyunbaba C. Domeniconi (b.1947). Dave, who holds a Masters of Music in Performance (emphasis Classical Guitar) and a Bachelors of Music in Education, has studied under eminent guitar pedagogue Adam Foster (Tantalus Guitar Quartet) and international virtuoso touring and recording classical guitarist Ricardo Cobo. He is currently head of guitar studies at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts with experience as an adjunct professor at Dixie State University for 5 years. Along with being a prominent teacher in the area, he is also a performing guitarist with experience at Tuacahn Center for the Arts and performing with chamber groups throughout Southern Utah and Nevada. Guests enjoyed listening to his beautiful music in each other's company.
OLEANNA BY DAVID MAMET / September 2016
On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout September, Kayenta Arts Foundation presented David Mamet’s examination of political correctness, academic politics, and sexual harassment, Oleanna. This play provided viewers with a thought provoking, memorable experience presented in the intimate setting of Kayenta’s Room for Thought. Attendees were pleased with the complexity of the plot and the quality of the production.
"A seething investigation of "political correctness" in a time when the nation's morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment. Oleanna is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year." - The New York Times
POETRY UNDER THE STARS VI / July 2016
Saturday, July 30th
Attendees of the sixth annual Poetry Under the Stars event were touched and inspired by the beautiful poetry recited by local poets in preparation for their national competition. After a windy start in the Kayenta Outdoor Theater, the event was completed in the Room for Thought. Six poets shared works with a variety of themes and delivered them with intense emotion. Proceeds from this event were split with the poetry team to help fund their travel to their national competition. We can't wait for these poets to return next year!
CLASSICAL CONCERTS / June 2016
Kayenta Arts Foundation had the privilege of hosting two incredible evenings of world-class chamber music featuring members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Utah Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and faculties of various universities. Attendees of these events were blown away by renditions of works from Schubert to Bach and enjoyed light refreshments and wine. Both evenings were great ways to celebrate classical music and the talented musicians who bring classical works to life today.
Friday, June 3rd
Des Todes Tod, Paul Hindemith
3 selections from Schubert’s Winteriesse
Dr. Stephanie Weiss, Soprano
Roland Kato, Viola
Jason Bonham, Viola
Tido Janssen, Cello
Dr. Andrew Smith, Cello
Sunday, June 5th
Verklarte, Richard Strauss
Suite No. 5, J.S. Bach - performed by Dr. Jason Sah
David Langer, Violin
Kathy Langer, Violin
Jason Sah, Viola
Jason Bonham, Viola
Tido Janssen, Cello
Dr. Andrew Smith, Cello
Jason Bonham, Viola
STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL / April 2016
Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd and 24th
Our sixth annual Street Painting Festival was the best one yet! Using the asphalt as a canvas and pastels and chalk as the medium, large painted murals unfolded at the feet of thousands of spectators as artists created works under the theme of "Rock Stars and Wildlife". We had a fantastic turnout at the festival and some of the best murals we've seen yet!
BLOCK PARTY / April 2016
Saturday, April 16
We had a great turn out at our second annual block party! Attendees enjoyed the music of the Prime Time band alongside delicious food provided by Roadrunner Pizza and various liquid refreshments. We were happy to see so many members of our community in attendance and are looking forward to many more block parties in the coming years!
BACH CELLO CONCERT / March 2016
Monday, March 21
Attendees of this event came to celebrate Bach’s birthday with cellist Daniel Gaisford (you may remember him from the Rosin concert last September). Gaisford's beautiful music set the stage for this birthday celebration of the musical genius Bach. The event was complete with a delicious birthday cake!
AN EVENING WITH DR. JAMES M. ATON / February 2016
Wednesday, February 24th
In a dynamic slide show derived from his book, The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones: Landscape Artist of the Canyon Country, Dr. James M. Aton discussed the life of renowned landscape artist Jimmie F. Jones with attendees of this event. Aton guided the audience on a tour of Jones's work between 1961 and 2009. In his lecture, he discussed how Jones began as a figure and portrait painter, focusing mostly on Mexico where he wintered for fourteen winters, then how he shifted to landscape painting. At his death he was being called "the premier landscape artist of southern Utah." Following the talk, Aton signed copies of his book for attendees.
ST. GEORGE CHAMBER SINGERS / November 2015
Friday, November 13th
Attendees of this event were delighted by music from the St. George Chamber Singers. The choir repertoire includes beautiful and beloved choral pieces from the Renaissance to the current day. The choir is directed by Dr. Paul Wiens, Wheaton College Professor Emeritus, and assisted by Dr. Roger Hale with Christopher Giles as accompanist, both of Dixie State University. This free event was open to the public and was held at the Southern Utah Veterans' Home.
3RD ANNUAL BLIND WINE TASTING PARTY / November 2015
Saturday, November 7th
This private event was hosted by Roger and Bonnie Head in support of Kayenta Arts Foundation's up-and-coming Center for the Arts. Guests were served fine wines and delicious hors d'oeuvres in a private home in the Kayenta neighborhood. Attendees had a great time enjoying the entertainment, wine, and food provided and provided much-needed support for the new Center for the Arts at Kayenta.
ART IN KAYENTA FESTIVAL / October 2015
October 9, 10 & 11th
This year's Art in Kayenta festival was a tremendous success. Attendees enjoyed three days of fun and entertainment, with food vendors, over 80 participating artists, our Beer and Wine Garden, the live-art Art in the Moment event, musical entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The wide range of artwork displayed as well as the many activities the festival provided ensured that all the festival-goers had a great time.
ROSIN / September 2015
Sunday, September 20th
The Utah cellists, Jessika Soli and Daniel Gaisford, known as Rosin, delighted attendees of this event with their beautiful music. Rosin primarily performed classical and romantic repertoire written by the master cellists of the 18th and 19th centuries. The concert was held in a private Kayenta home which provided the perfect intimate setting for this elegant music.
DOCUTAH INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL / September 2015
September 8th through September 12th
In its 6th season, this year's DOCUTAH presented 77 films accepted from more than 400 submissions from all over the world with topics ranging from serious to hilarious. DOCUTAH films are shown at Dixie State University and other venues throughout southern Utah. KAF is proud to have been a Director Sponsor and Co-sponsor with Equality Utah of ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’, which was shown on Saturday September 12th at 4:00 p.m. at Eccles Main Stage.
WEST COAST JAZZ PLAYERS / September 2015
Friday, September 11th
Attendees of the West Coast Jazz Players concert were entertained by a group of fabulous musicians native to the southern Utah area. The audience enjoyed the group's signature sound as they played a sampling of cool jazz from the 50s and 60s.
TOM BENNETT CONCERT / August 2015
Saturday, August 29th
During this weekend concert, attendees were delighted by the music of Tom Bennett, a traveling one-man band! Tom played multiple instruments throughout the concert, creating a unique blues sound - combining this music with his folk singing produced a set that both entertained and amazed the audience.
MARY KAYE AND THE KAYE SISTERS / July 2015
POETRY UNDER THE STARS V / July 2015
ROBYN LANDIS CONCERT / June 2015
Saturday, June 27th
Robyn Landis once again brought her intimate vocals and beautiful music to Kayenta for this weekend concert. Landis played in the Room for Thought, allowing attendees to enjoy the concert in a smaller, air-conditioned venue! Landis's music has earned her over 55 awards in singing and songwriting and concert-goes enjoyed hearing this amazing talent.
STEPHEN FAZIO CONCERT / June 2015
Saturday, June 13th
Stephen Fazio's weekend concert was a huge success. Fazio is a skilled musician who was awarded a full scholarship to participate in the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival as a “Rising Star” at The Juilliard School, NYC. Fazio played to a large crowd in the Room for Thought in the Kayenta Art Village.
STRING SOIREE - A String Quartet Featuring Beethoven & Mozart / February 2015
Empyrean Quartet, a string quartet with Linda Ghidossi-Deluca, Bonnie Romkey, Urs Rutishauser and Jessika Soli played Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven to sold out audiences in a private Kayenta home. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages were served as the audience mingled with the musicians after the concert. This was Kayenta Arts Foundation’s highest rated event by its patrons.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015