PAUL WINTER’S 26TH ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION – June 19, 2021 at 4:30am Eastern Time
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. This year, Paul Winter’s 26th annual Summer Solstice Celebration will take place virtually on June 19, 2021 at 4:30am Eastern Time from the loft of Paul Winter’s barn in the hills of northwest Connecticut. Tickets are now on sale, click the button below to purchase.
Similar to the format of the 2020 Summer Solstice Celebration, the first part of the concert will feature visuals of nature footage, as the barn is too dimly lit at that time for the cameras to record the musicians while they’re performing. This year, we want to invite nature-enthusiasts, photographers, and videographers, alike, to submit footage to us for use in the program, on the theme of “Morning Essence.” Everyone who submits will receive a discount on a live stream ticket, regardless of whether their footage is included in the program. For more information click the button below. Sign up for Paul’s newsletter (at the bottom of the page) for updates about this event.
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. The light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of summer.”
– Paul Winter
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LIVE STREAM – JUNE 20th, 2020
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.