A few things I am really excited about and impressed with:
1. This project came to be out of grief for the loss of a baby. Christi Worsley (she and her husband are funding the project) told about how her daughter had given birth to a stillborn baby who, as she held her newborn said "I never got to hear his song". She wondered "How do you heal a young mother's broken heart?" and as her daughter sang in the EVMCO choir she did just that. She said that singing guided her through the process of grief. I love this because I know personally how music can heal the soul.
2. The style of the concert hall will be in a European, neo-classical style. Personally this excites me to no end because I am so incredibly sick of the modern and/or brown buildings here in the Phoenix valley. Christi Worsley said, "When I visited with the Architect about the vision of Consolari I told him it had to be transcendent, that we must be able to feel heaven touching earth. That was a big challenge as I did not describe the physical look but the spiritual look. The windows are prominent to show the beautiful night time sky here in Arizona and to allow a view of the stars. If you look closely the chandelier is made up of angels and trumpets. The colors in the hall will promote the peace we are looking for. The choral loft will be one of the largest in the world as well as a world class, state of the art recording studio for larger ensembles to record." How exciting is that?
|a rendering of the interior of the hall - I am so excited!|
4. The concept of "music heals the soul" is the entire base of this project and they're keeping with that by having a rose garden "in memory of the children that didn't get a chance to sing their song". You can plant a rose bush in memory of your child which I think is an incredibly beautiful thing. Christi Worsley mentioned that this idea came from the song "Come to My Garden" from the Broadway musical "The Secret Garden". When I read that, I just started crying. If you've heard that song, you know what I'm talking about.
I am so glad that there are people who see the value of having a concert hall like this so that many can enjoy and be edified by beautiful music. Consolari is planned to be completed by December 2017 and I cannot wait! You can read more about the plans here and like it on Facebook here.