Paul Winter’s 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday December 18, 2014, 8.00pm; Friday December 19, 8.00pm; Saturday December 20, 2.00pm & 7.30pm
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.
“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
“An immersive, multimedia extravaganza, as grand and expansive as its location.” ~ The New York Times