Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration – 2015
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
“Feasts for ears and eyes.” – The Wall Street Journal
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.
“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
The Solstice Celebrations grew out of Winter’s dream of presenting a musical celebration that could resonate with all people regardless of background or age. It occurred to him that the most universal milestone to celebrate would be the winter solstice.
Over the years, the event has become a shared rite of passage through the longest night of the year. Utterly unique as a venue, the Cathedral’s all-embracing vastness overwhelms differences, and yet welcomes and affirms diversity. The performance has slowly grown to inhabit the entire titanic space, all the way up to the 150-foot ceiling. “”My aspiration,” says Winter, ” is that the audience will come away with their spirits awakened, and with a deepened sense of relatedness to the world, and to the family of life.” (Read interview here.)
Watch the full 2-minute video about last year’s Winter Solstice