Taliesin West outlines early events for 2020


When Frank Lloyd Wright established Taliesin West in 1938, the Scottsdale edifice was both his desert laboratory and a place of community, innovation, design, art and performance.

In keeping with that legacy, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is unveiling a lineup of community events in 2020 that focuses on dance, discovery, music and exploring Mr. Wright’s  winter home in a whole new way.

As Arizona’s only cultural UNESCO World Heritage site, Taliesin West will play host to monthly events in which the public, and Frank Lloyd Wright members, will experience performances, lectures, concerts and private tours, according to a press release.

Also new this year, is the ability for guests to drink beer and wine during the Night Lights Tour.

“Wright’s design style blurs the lines between the built environment and the natural environment, and that lends itself to creating immersive experiences for our visitors,” Jeff Goodman, vice president of communication and partnerships for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, said in a prepared statement.

“Allowing people to enjoy these spaces as Wright intended, through a diverse array of artistic, cultural and musical events throughout the year, is another way the Foundation preserves Taliesin West to be experienced as a living site.”

The first event of the year is Taliesin LIVE Presents: ANIMA – A Dance Performance Celebrating a History of Discovery. Tickets for this event, slated for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 are $35 for general admission and $31.50 for foundation members.

Patrons can experience the legacy of performing arts at Taliesin West with a special live dance performance, which choreographer Carley Conder directs.

ANIMA is part one in a three-part dance series, which Ms. Conder created, to be performed at Taliesin West. A host bar reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the live dance performance at 7:30 p.m. Meet and greet with host bar to follow at the conclusion of the performance.

For those looking to explore the iconic spaces of Taliesin West in the evening, a special ticket that includes a Night Lights Tour prior to the performance is also available at a discounted rate for $65 general admission or $61.50 for foundation members.

The next event is Valentine’s Day at Taliesin West. This will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and general admission tickets are $65 while foundation member tickets are $58.50.

For Valentine’s Day, patrons can explore Taliesin West while participating in wine and chocolate pairings. Tickets include sommelier-selected win paired with Cerreta’s chocolate samplings; live music by Beth Lederman on piano and Stan Sorenson on guitar; and limited-edition wine glasses and hand-screen printed Valentine’s cards.

Five days later, Taliesin LIVE will present the Renee Rosnes Trio from 7-9 p.m. Tickets for the Feb. 19 event are $55 for general admission and $49.50 for foundation members.

In a collaboration between The Nash and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Renee Rosnes Trio will present a live jazz performance in Taliesin West’s Music Pavilion.

Ms. Rosnes, a jazz pianists and composers of her generation, will perform with jazz artists Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. A host bar reception will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by the live jazz performance at 7:30 p.m. Meet and greet with host bar to follow at the conclusion of the performance.

For groups who want a truly private touring experience, Taliesin West is offering two evening After Hours at Taliesin West experiences. Groups will explore the campus in privacy, without public tours interruptions, finishing their night with conversation over a beverage in The Square, surrounded by the work of Mr. Wright.

The first option is a private 60-minute tour and social hour. This costs $45 per person and carries a 20-person minimum. This package includes a 60-minute private tour which leads guests through Wright’s Office, the Prow, the Kiva, the Music Pavilion, and the Cabaret Theatre in an abbreviated look at Taliesin West and Mr. Wright’s time spent there.

A social hour in the Taliesin West Square including beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks, water) concludes the evening.

The second option is a 90-minute private tour and a social hour, which costs $50 and carries a 20-person minimum. This package includes much of the same as the first package but includes a look Mr. Wright’s private living quarters including the living room and bedrooms.