Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice Celebration welcomes the dawn of the longest northern day through the Rose Window at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
Paul Winter’s 27th Summer Solstice Celebration
The next performance is anticipated on Saturday, June 17, 2022. [To be confirmed]
Paul Winter’s 26th Summer Solstice Celebration
Paul Winter’s 27th Summer Solstice Celebration is streaming live and on-demand from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on solsticeconcert.com on Saturday, January 19, 2021 at 4:30am. $20 live/$15 on-demand
This year Winter is joined by African American gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, cellist Eugene Friesen, pianist Henrique Eisenmann and bassoonist Jeff Boratko. Eisenmann (Juilliard, CUNY, New England Conservatory) is Brazilian. 🇧🇷
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The celebration is a memorable concert that begins in the dark at 4:30 am, continues as dawn breaks through the Cathedral’s Great Rose Window, and ends at 6 am in the light of morning.
This is one of New York City’s great mystical experiences. The Great Rose Window is forty feet wide with over ten thousand pieces of glass. It is the third largest rose window in the world.
Summer solstice, or midsummer, is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The peak of summer follows soon after.
The Summer Solstice Celebration is on the weekend nearest the solstice.
Paul Winter is a legendary, multi-Grammy Award-winning, jazz saxophone player.
Right out of college, his band toured Latin America as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department. The band was the first jazz band to play at the White House. That was during the Kennedy years.
Winter was disillusioned by the Kennedy assassination, so he went back to Brazil and played with the people who created Bossa Nova in the mid-1960s.
Winter was one of the early advocates of World Music, the music of our many human cultures.
Later Winter helped develop the Earth music category. Paul Winter’s trajectory has been from jazz to the world to the earth.
Winter founded his current band, The Paul Winter Consort in 1968. It carries on today with various players.
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