ENCHANTING WEEKEND IN TUCSON, Part 1: FIRST MARIACHI OPERA

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SUMMARY

Elizabeth and I have just returned to our Scottsdale home after an exquisite weekend in Tucson.  Overall, it is hard to beat a weekend like this. It had a little bit of everything that constitutes fun, both in earthly and spiritual senses.Peak-to-Peak Tucson Cheek-t-Cheek

We attended a marvelous opera, and went  peak-top-peak and cheek-to-cheek :-), from Mt Lemmon (8,200 ft) and to Kitt Peak National Observatory (7,000 ft).

solarWe watched the sun for the first time through the world’s largest solar telescope, and saw two giant solar spots or flares. And then we drove back to Tucson through a torrential monsoon thunderstorm which cleared the air and dropped the temperature 30F.

We finished the weekend this morning (Oct 20) with an 8-mile hike in the Sabino Canyon.

FIRST MARIACHI OPERA – Part 1

The main reason for this trip was to be able to attend the first-ever mariachi opera “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (To Cross the Face of the Sun), staged by the Arizona Opera.  It opened in Phoenix last weekend. But since we were in the Midwest at the time. we thought we would try to catch it in Tucson.

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And what a beautiful operatic experience it was. We both cried at the end. Cried for joy as the music and the plot lifted our hearts and souls right up to the heavens. You can read the synopsis of the opera if you click here.

Here’s now first a short clip of a Tucson mariachi band that played outside the Centennial Hall before the start of the opera. At one point, they obliged Elizabeth and played for her and with her (she sang, too) her favorite song – “Volver” (also see Phoenix Opera Gala). But this is a recording of another piece they played on Sat Oct 18:

Mariachi Band playing before Arizona Opera “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (To cross the face of the moon) in Tucson – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – shot on location in Tucson on Oct 18, 2014

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IMG_2402All this was part of the Hispanic Heritage Festival to which the Arizona Opera contributed its own artistic talents and management. Here’s now a video clip from “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (To Cross the Face of the Sun), as staged by the Arizona Opera.

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Here’s now also a longer (4-min) clip from this opera…

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And now, here are some still shots from this marvelous evening…

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MORE TO COME FROM OUR TUCSON WEEKEND…

 

 

 

 

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