Bring Home the Sun: Paul Winter’s 34th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Dedicated to Oscar Castro-Neves, the Consort’s longtime friend and colleague
Thursday December 19, 2013, 8.00pm; Friday December 20, 8.00pm; Saturday December 21, 2.00pm & 7.30pm
Featuring the legendary Brazilian singer Ivan Lins, singer/guitarist Renato Braz, a Brazilian chorus, the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and the ten-member Paul Winter Consort with dynamic gospel singer Theresa Thomason.
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 34th 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 promises to be a landmark in the show’s tradition of interweaving diverse performers of the world.
Lins is one of Brazil’s most beloved musical superstars, and its best-known living songwriter. He has recorded more than 35 albums and won multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. His songs have been recorded by many notable international artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan, Michael Bublé, George Benson, Take 6, and Dave Grusin. Winter has felt a kinship with Lins since he put English words to his song “Velho Sermão” in 1977 for the title song of the Paul Winter Consort’s album Common Ground. But this will be the first time that Winter and Lins perform together.
Braz was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to parents of Guarani Indian heritage, began singing at the age of five, and by his teen years was playing drums and singing in the bars and clubs of São Paulo. Resolved to sing only from his heart, Renato Braz has emerged as one of the most beautiful and compelling male voices in Brazil.
“For me, this 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
“An immersive, multimedia extravaganza, as grand and expansive as its location.” ~ The New York Times