Winter Solstice


Paul Winter’s 41st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration takes the form of a full-length video special, available to view through spring of 2021. Purchase access by clicking the “Purchase Access” below. Once access is purchased, the video will be reveled on this page as a black box (there will not be an email with an access link). The base ticket price for the full-length concert video is $20, but some additional donation options mean that you could contribute more in support of the on-going lineage of our solstice events.

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Every December since 1980, seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter and his colleagues have celebrated the Winter Solstice at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine with a feast of music and dance from the diversity of cultures and creatures of the world.

This year, more than ever, the winter solstice, with the rebirth of the sun, offers a time for healing and hope, a time to celebrate community and relatedness, and a time to honor the diversity and the unity of this great cornucopia of life on Earth.

With their beloved cathedral forum closed for events during the pandemic, Paul Winter and the Consort extend the invitation, wherever you are in the world, to join a video celebration, “Everybody Under the Sun.” Available on-demand through spring of 2021, it features many pieces never seen outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and iconic performances from the first four decades of the event.

In keeping with the inclusivist embrace of the solstices and the intercultural, ecumenical, welcoming tradition of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Winter Solstice concerts have always featured special guest performers from different cultures of the world.

“This tradition and these events, to me, are a resounding manifestation of the multiculturalism that is one of the great hallmarks of our country. America has long been a sanctuary that has welcomed and embraced peoples from everywhere, and we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that it will continue to be so. These celebrations have come to be the most memorable events of the year for us, summing up the music adventures of our journeys, and bringing ‘home’ new friends we’ve met along the way. It is a blessing, I feel, that the marking of the Winter Solstice which was so integral to the lives of Northern peoples for millennia, has now re-emerged in our times. In remembering the Solstice, we resonate once again with the rhythm of the cosmos and allow our hearts to embrace the optimism of our ancient knowledge that the light will overcome the darkness.” – Paul Winter

Everybody Under the Sun is also the title of Paul Winter’s recent recorded anthology of all the special guest singers in the Solstice Celebrations over the past four decades, which can be heard on the Solstice Store


The Paul Winter Consort

Theresa Thomason

The Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Special Guests
The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble
Gary Brooker/Vocals, Keyboard
Ivan Lins/Vocals, Keyboard
Noel Paul Stookey/Vocals, Guitar
Fabiana Cozza/Vocals
Renato Braz/Vocals, Guitar
Abdoulaye Diabaté/Vocals
Davy Spillane/Uilleann Pipes
Philippe Petit

The Paul Winter Sextet

Guest Instrumentalists

Solstice Store

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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.