La cena è pronta: Joshua Arky and Ines Irawati in Recital

Sunday, August 26th, 2018, 6pm

Friday, August 31st, 2018, 7pm

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You are invited to a fun, bizarre, and wonderful evening of song, food, and drink. We have prepared La cena è pronta (“Dinner is ready”), a recital program exploring the many ways food enriches our lives, brings people together, and serves (sometimes) as our downfall. The musical selections range from Mahler, Vaughan Williams, and Duparc, to Bernstein, Porter, Sondheim, and more. And since we also want to share food and drink with you, we will include dinner and libations at the soirée.

But here’s the kicker: rather than wait to eat at a post-concert reception, we’re bringing the food into the recital. While we perform the recital, Josh will also be preparing and serving dinner. Most of the food served will be Thai-inspired. So come, relax, eat, drink, laugh, and be our guest.

You can choose from two ticket options: either enjoy the full dinner, or come just for the music, snacks, drinks, and of course, dessert.



Early reservation WITH payment required
Full dinner: $65
Snacks, drinks, dessert: $35

Seating is limited
Please email Josh at or call/text 917-648-3672 to confirm seating availability before reserving

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Joshua Arky
3954 Albatross Street, San Diego, CA 92103
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Event Details

Sunday, August 26th
Lynne Talley and Jeff Severinghaus Residence, Solana Beach
 Guests are welcome, snacks and drinks served
6:30pm Recital and dinner
8:30pm Dessert and reception

Friday, August 31st
Monique Kunewalder Residence, Solana Beach
 Guests are welcome, snacks and drinks served
7:30pm Recital and dinner
9:30pm Dessert and reception


About the Artists


Indonesian-born pianist Ines Irawati has received many top awards, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Best Vocal Pianist Award, D’angelo International Piano Competition, and La Jolla Young Artists Competition.  She was invited to the International UNICEF Benefit in Japan, where she performed with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.  She has soloed with Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Orchestra Nova, and California Chamber Orchestra. She spends her summers working for Dolora Zajick's Institute for Young Dramatic Voices as a coach and pianist.  She graduated from Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale University where she studied with Claude Frank.  An avid vocal coach and chamber musician, Ms. Irawati served as a vocal coach and collaborative arts faculty member at Point Loma Nazarene University (2004-2017), and is a founding member and pianist for the Aviara Trio.  She is the music director of San Diego Opera Young Artists and Community Programs: Opera On Track and Opera Exposed.

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Joshua Arky is a bass-baritone living in San Diego, CA. Recent opera engagements include Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Sugar Creek Opera; Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Opera San José; Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera; Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Point Loma Opera Theatre; Hidraot in Gluck’s Armide with OperaNEO; Alidoro in an English version of La Cenerentolawith Opéra Louisiane; and Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance with Palm Beach Opera. In the fall of 2018, Joshua returns to Virginia Opera to perform the role of Vincent Jones, and cover the roles of Frank Maurrant and Carl Olsen in Street Scene; he also covers the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni. Joshua is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music (M.M. Voice) and Columbia University (B.A. Sustainable Development).