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 and dancing from the diversity of cultures and creatures of the world. This December, with their beloved cathedral forum closed for events, their “41st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration” will be a unique video presentation that will be available to a worldwide audience.
With a theme of “Everybody Under the Sun,” Paul Winter’s 41st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration will be a retrospective tapestry highlighting iconic performances from the first four decades of the event. This one-of-a-kind video, featuring many pieces that have never before been seen outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, will premiere, on demand, at 7:00 p.m. EST, on Friday, December 18 on the Solstice Concert website HERE.
In keeping with the inclusivist embrace of the solstices and the intercultural, ecumenical, welcoming tradition of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, these concerts have always featured special guest performers from different cultures of the world. In addition to the Paul Winter Consort, with Paul Winter’s soprano sax, cellist Eugene Friesen, double-reed master Paul McCandless, and gospel singer Theresa Thomason, the video will feature the Consort’s “sister ensembles” – Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with their 25 dancers and drummers, and Russia’s 10-member Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble – along with an international array of special guest singers, including Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker; singer/songwriter and activist Noel Paul Stookey, best-known as a member of the famed folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary; Latin Grammy-winning Brazilian musician Ivan Lins; leading interpreter of Afro-Brazilian music Fabiana Cozza, and more.