LA CENA È PRONTA is a project that explores the many ways food and music enrich our lives and reimagines how each are presented and consumed. We offer up the idea that when food and music are mindfully, sustainably, and lovingly made (and eaten), they are inherently good, nourishing, and valuable, regardless of whether or not they fit into commonly accepted standards for what makes "good food" or "good music."
LA CENA È PRONTA ("Dinner is ready*") began two years ago as a live recital series. Wishing to connect with audiences outside of the concert hall, singers Joshua Arky and Alexandra Rodrick and pianist Ines Irawati performed for an intimate group of guests while simultaneously cooking them a multi-course meal. The event was so surprising and exhilarating to audiences, that the LA CENA team reprised the event the following year.
Ever adapting and seeking innovation, LA CENA È PRONTA has recently extended its offerings to an online community of food and music lovers with a video series that features the same essence of culinary musical celebration that made the in-person events so exciting and one-of-a-kind, a virtual cookbook, private voice lessons, cooking classes, and more to come.
*"Dinner is ready" is not only one of our favorite phrases to hear on a daily basis, but also a line from one of our favorite operas: Verdi's La Traviata. A server enters a party scene to announce - "LA CENA È PRONTA!" and beckon people to the dining room. It's the character's one line in the entire opera, and the role is often played as a cameo appearance by a local celebrity.
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LA CENA is also sustainable from a food sourcing point of view. By inspiring others to cook at home and teaching people about the intersection between food sourcing and accessibility and the climate crisis' effect upon each, LA CENA upholds the values of an equitable, safe future for all people.
LA CENA believes that sustainability inherently relies on the intersection of people from all walks of life, and recognizes that barriers to classical music and food education and engagement - both of which disproportionately affect marginalized communities - only result in a further weakening of music and climate justice.
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LA CENA È PRONTA supports artists in their creative visions. We believe that permission and an invitation to create are invaluable to every artist - be they well established, or just starting out. We also believe that artists should ALWAYS be paid for their labor and output, and we are committed to supporting artists on a financial level.
LA CENA is an environment in which artists can collaborate and explore new ideas. We are wholeheartedly committed to the emotional, artistic, and financial wellbeing of our artists.
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We believe that when artists are paid to make art they believe in, as opposed to producing art for free - for exposure, or for "likes," - we add value to the digital space by offering to our audience something more than clickbait.
Classical music and the savoring of a good meal can help us to re-access a feeling of flow: of peace, gratitude, joy, sorrow, love, and empathy. LA CENA È PRONTA strives to bring to its audience an experience of quality in a digital space, recognizing that the dignity of its viewership and its artistic contributors lies beyond their data and attention being bought and sold to the highest bidder.