Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.


Solstice At Burton Barr Library

Celebrating Paolo Soleri's birthday
(one day early this year...)

Monday, June 20, 2016
@11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Av, Phoenix, AZ

You are invited to be part of THE GLORIA PROJECT, Monday, June 20, Noontime at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, co-hosted by Friends of the Library, Cosanti Foundation and LH Events. The Burton Barr Library was designed for this day. On June 20 – as the solstice unfolds – the sun at solar noon shines through skylights onto tapered, reflective, column capitals. And for a brief moment radiant sunlight illuminates the entire library. The library and its structure becomes a birthday cake with sunlit candles for Paolo Soleri, part of what architect Will Bruder, who spent a year at Cosanti in the late 1960's, had in mind with the building.

This free celebration takes place in the Great Reading Room on the fifth floor of the library. The space opens at 11:00 AM with music from the Therapeutic Harp Foundation, followed by a noon talk with architect and designer of the library Will Bruder, culminating to a unique version of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in excelsis Deo. with gongs, African drums, harps, a Civic Chorus and “Flash Choir.” Similar to a Handel’s Messiah Sing In, the “Flash Choir” is: anyone with a score sings where they are standing. (visit  for information on the choirs.)

The experience of this moment of architectural and planetary alignment is a powerful one; we hope, if you're near Phoenix, you can connect with us at The Library!

Lynne Haeseler, artistic director
Michael McCall, conductor
Civic Chorus
Flash Choir
Jere Friedman, gongs
Sam Anderson, African drums
Keith Johnson, African drums

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