Paul Winter’s 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration – 2014
Thursday December 18, 8pm; Friday December 19, 8pm;
Saturday December 20, 2pm & 7:30pm
A Holiday Celebration on a Spectacular Scale
“An immersive, multimedia extravaganza, as grand and expansive as its location.” ~ The New York Times
Winter Solstice is our contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people came together during the longest night of the year to celebrate the turning point in the Earth’s journey around the sun, and the birth of a new year. Now in its 35th year, this cross-cultural performance within the awe-inspiring space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine has become one of New York’s favorite holiday events. This year’s Solstice has a Caribbean theme, featuring Danny Rivera, revered as “the national voice of Puerto Rico.” His exquisite sunny voice is beloved throughout the Spanish-speaking world. He’ll be bringing his band and chorus from Puerto Rico to collaborate with the Consort, vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.
Danny is the only Puerto Rican to star at Carnegie Hall in four different decades (1979, 1989, 1999 and 2010). He has lent his voice and energy to many social, educational and peace initiatives. His performance at the “Paz Sin Fronteras” concert in front of 1.15 million listeners in Havana was also seen throughout the hemisphere and in Europe by hundreds of millions of television and online viewers, the biggest Latin music broadcast event ever.
“For me, the solstice celebration is an ever-renewing thrill — whether watching the sun gong ascend 12 stories with its player to the vault of the Cathedral; or hearing the ‘tree of sounds’ as it slowly turns, reflecting a myriad of lights from its hundreds of bells, gongs and chimes. Please join us as we ‘bring home the sun’ and celebrate the birth of a new year.” - Paul Winter