June, 2019 – NYC 

4:30am at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine


TICKETS AVAILABLE IN SPRING 2019

JUNE 15, 2019 – NYC

4:30am at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

TICKETS AVAILABLE IN SPRING 2019

PAUL WINTER’S 24TH ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

“This event is our musical welcome to the summer. Summer Solstice is one of the great turning points of the year, when the sun is at its peak and the days abound with the promise of life’s fullness. My dream, with this sunrise celebration, is to offer an experience of this resonance, in the mystical ambience of these early morning hours, through a deep listening journey within the awesome space of this largest cathedral in the world. Our music begins in total darkness, and proceeds in a continuous flow, emanating from different places in the Cathedral. Gradually, as the great stained glass windows begin to illuminate, the light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of the summer.” – Paul Winter

This sunrise concert is a unique musical journey, beginning in total darkness, with the light gradually joining the sounds, to usher in the dawning of the summer.

FREE SOLSTICE COLLECTION

Once again, we are pleased to offer you our free Summer Solstice Collection. This has become a solstice tradition for us. Our intent is both to give a sampling of the artists who will be performing in this year’s Solstice Celebration, and to share recordings we love. 

Please enjoy these 7 tracks, featuring recordings by Theresa Thomason, the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir, and the Consort players. 

FREE SOLSTICE COLLECTION

Once again, we are pleased to offer you our free Summer Solstice Collection. This has become a solstice tradition for us. Our intent is both to give a sampling of the artists who will be performing in this year’s Solstice Celebration, and to share recordings we love. 

Please enjoy these 7 tracks, featuring recordings by Theresa Thomason, the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir, and the Consort players. 

PERFORMERS

IN THE EARLY MORNING THERE’S A SENSE OF TIMELESSNESS AND POSSIBILITY…

“When I’m awake in the darkness before dawn – as the birds begin to sing, and the Earth prepares for the Sun – I feel as if life is beginning again. There’s something magical about that virgin time, when we’re free of our habitual patterns and obligations. My dream of evoking this feeling in music was the original inspiration for Summer Solstice. We begin playing in total darkness at 4:30 a.m. within the awesome space and acoustics of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. We embark on a continuous two-hour musical journey, with players stationed in distant corners or moving among the audience. Somewhere near the halfway point, listeners gradually realize that the Cathedral’s great stained-glass windows are beginning to illuminate. The light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of summer.”

~ Paul Winter

IN THE EARLY MORNING THERE’S A SENSE OF TIMELESSNESS AND POSSIBILITY…

“When I’m awake in the darkness before dawn – as the birds begin to sing, and the Earth prepares for the Sun – I feel as if life is beginning again. There’s something magical about that virgin time, when we’re free of our habitual patterns and obligations. My dream of evoking this feeling in music was the original inspiration for Summer Solstice. We begin playing in total darkness at 4:30 a.m. within the awesome space and acoustics of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. We embark on a continuous two-hour musical journey, with players stationed in distant corners or moving among the audience. Somewhere near the halfway point, listeners gradually realize that the Cathedral’s great stained-glass windows are beginning to illuminate. The light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of summer.”

~ Paul Winter

BUS

BUS FROM LITCHFIELD, CT

The Litchfield Community Center will be offering round-trip door-to-door bus transportation to the 23rd Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 16th. The package fee is $75 per person for bus and General Admission tickets. The bus will leave the community center at 1am for 3:30am arrival in NYC. The concert starts at 4:30am. The bus will depart the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC at the end of the show, around 7:15 and is expected to arrive back in Litchfield by 10am.

THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

Manhattan’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine is more than a site of liturgy. It’s a home for the human spirit, meant to uplift, inspire awe, unite, and give refuge. It’s the perfect location for Paul Winter Consort’s ongoing exploration of the turning of the seasons and the tuning of the soul.

The world’s largest cathedral, St. John the Divine is also one of its most extraordinary performance venues. The length of two football fields and tall enough to fit the Statue of Liberty under its dome, it was designed with sacred geometry to be a transformative space.

Known since the ’80s as the “Green Cathedral” and as an incubator for art, St. John the Divine became the center of a vital community of thinkers and seekers working on issues of ecology, environment, and world peace. It represented a global forum, where you could listen to the Dalai Lama, Buckminster Fuller, Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Gary Snyder, Thomas Berry, the Mayor of Jerusalem, Cesar Chavez, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Secretaries General of the United Nations.

The Cathedral’s vastness overwhelms differences and welcomes and affirms diversity. It has been the perfect venue for the Paul Winter Consort’s Earth-embracing events, within the genre of “Earth Music,” in their aspiration to celebrate the cultures and creatures of the whole Earth. Since they began, the Winter Solstice Celebrations have been a forum for world music performers from around the globe.

“Of all the places I’ve played in the world,” Winter says, “only two could host an event on this scale: the Cathedral and the Grand Canyon.”

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THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

Manhattan’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine is more than a site of liturgy. It’s a home for the human spirit, meant to uplift, inspire awe, unite, and give refuge. It’s the perfect location for Paul Winter Consort’s ongoing exploration of the turning of the seasons and the tuning of the soul.

The world’s largest cathedral, St. John the Divine is also one of its most extraordinary performance venues. The length of two football fields and tall enough to fit the Statue of Liberty under its dome, it was designed with sacred geometry to be a transformative space.

Known since the ’80s as the “Green Cathedral” and as an incubator for art, St. John the Divine became the center of a vital community of thinkers and seekers working on issues of ecology, environment, and world peace. It represented a global forum, where you could listen to the Dalai Lama, Buckminster Fuller, Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Gary Snyder, Thomas Berry, the Mayor of Jerusalem, Cesar Chavez, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Secretaries General of the United Nations.

The Cathedral’s vastness overwhelms differences and welcomes and affirms diversity. It has been the perfect venue for the Paul Winter Consort’s Earth-embracing events, within the genre of “Earth Music,” in their aspiration to celebrate the cultures and creatures of the whole Earth. Since they began, the Winter Solstice Celebrations have been a forum for world music performers from around the globe.

“Of all the places I’ve played in the world,” Winter says, “only two could host an event on this scale: the Cathedral and the Grand Canyon.”

SOLSTICE TRADITION

The two great celestial milestones of the year, the Summer and Winter Solstices, are perhaps humanity’s most ancient ritual observances. People paused at these times to reflect upon the journey of life, with its trials, blessings, hopes, and promise.

The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin ‘sol’ (sun) and ‘stitium’ (to stand still). Summer Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator and seems to pause before reversing its course; at the Winter Solstice the Sun attains its southernmost point and, once again, seems to stand still before turning back.

The Sun, our great golden star, is the source of our life, and each of our lives is a multi-faceted journey with the Sun. On one level, we are cycling through each day and night, as the Earth rotates from dawn to dawn in the light of the Sun. On another, we are traveling through each year, being carried 584 million miles by the Earth as it swings around the Sun from one Summer Solstice to the next. Simultaneously, we are riding with the Sun as our entire Solar System travels within the Milky Way galaxy, which itself is one of the dozen galaxies in what astronomers call our Local Group. And this whole Local Group of galaxies, in turn, is revolving around the Virgo Cluster of 2000 galaxies, 53 million light-years distant from us.

Making music at Solstice is one way to celebrate our amazing journey. If, in our listening, we are carried by the music, then perhaps the experience of that moment can be a hologram of the entire journey. In reality, the journey is right now, wherever we are. And when we are listening, each moment is the beginning.

Thank you for being part of our ongoing Solstice journey.

SUMMER SOLSTICE TICKETS

To purchase tickets over the phone, or for purchasing assistance,
call Ovationtix at 866-811-4111.

SUMMER SOLSTICE PRESS

For Summer Solstice Press inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Waldman Frazier at elizabeth@waldmaniapr.com.

CONTACT THE CATHEDRAL

Accessibility Questions
(212) 316-7540 (Visitor Center)

Lost and Found
(212) 316-7556 (Security)

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SUMMER SOLSTICE TICKETS

To purchase tickets over the phone,
or for purchasing assistance,
call Ovationtix at 866.411.8111.

SUMMER SOLSTICE PRESS

For Summer Solstice Press inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Waldman Frazier at elizabeth@waldmaniapr.com.

CONTACT THE CATHEDRAL

Accessibility Questions
(212) 316-7540 (Visitor Center)

Lost and Found
(212) 316-7556 (Security)

STAY UP TO DATE
WITH THE PAUL WINTER CONSORT

Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.