Staying at home, especially during the wintertime, can have its advantages; Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration is typically held at St. John’s Cathedral in Manhattan but this year it will be livestreamed so everyone – not just those who live near New York – can enjoy this dazzling and magical, family-friendly performance that brings joy with its uplifting musical numbers. Featuring artists from Brazil, Mali and Ireland, to name a few, the event will showcase performances from the past four decades! Don’t Miss: A Livestream Performance of Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration! Read on for more details.
Every December since 1980, seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter and his colleagues have celebrated the Winter Solstice at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine with a feast of music from cultures around the world. This December, with their beloved cathedral closed for renovation, the 42nd Annual Winter Solstice Celebration will be a comprehensive video retrospective available to a worldwide audience.
With this three-hour video epic, Paul Winter has aspired to weave an organic tapestry of highlights from the journey of musical adventures that he and his colleagues have enjoyed during the 40-year saga of the Winter Solstice Celebration within the spectacular architecture and titanic acoustics of the world’s largest cathedral.
The performance, entitled SOLSTICE SAGA will include performances by 12 special guests, including Brazil’s Ivan Lins and Fabiana Cozza; Russia’s Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble; Gary Brooker, lead singer of Procol Harum; Ireland’s Davy Spillane and Nóirín Ní Riain; Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary; and Abdoulaye Diabaté of Mali, along with the African drumming and dancing of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.
Paul Winter Consort players include Paul Winter on soprano sax, cellist Eugene Friesen, double-reed master Paul McCandless, keyboardists Paul Halley and Paul Sullivan; flutist Rhonda Larson; drummers Jamey Haddad and Ted Moore; bassist Eliot Wadopian and gospel singer Theresa Thomason.
Where: Video on Demand at the Stellar Tickets website HERE.
When: December 17 at 7:00 p.m. EST; December 18 at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; December 19 at 2:00 p.m.
To purchase tickets visit the Stellar Tickets website HERE.
FREE BONUS OFFERINGS:
Each ticket includes include two free “Prelude Offerings” with each SOLSTICE SAGA ticket purchase:
Winter Solstice, The Early Years: Volume 1
A 90-minute video of one complete concert from the first decade of this event: the 9th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration of 1988. This features an early chapter of the Paul Winter Consort, that includes Winter on soprano sax; vocalist Kecia Lewis-Evans; Paul Halley playing piano and organ; cellist Eugene Friesen; flutist Rhonda Larson; percussionist Glen Velez; and drummer Ted Moore.
Everybody Under the Sun: Voices of Solstice Volume 1, The Singers
This is a double album that features all the special guest singers from all four decades of the Winter Solstice Celebration: 22 singers from cultures around the world. The 48-page booklet of the album tells a great deal of the story of the event, and the extraordinary artists who have been part of it.
The Early Years video and the download of the Everybody Under the Sun album will be available at the time of ticket purchases for SOLSTICE SAGA. Paul Winter’s hope is that people will be able to experience these before the premiere of SOLSTICE SAGA the weekend of December 17th, 18th, and 19th. Don’t Miss the Livestream Performance of Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration!
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Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a PR consultant and freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for over twenty years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids, ages 14, 12 and 9.