Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice Celebration
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 4:30 am
Seven-time Grammy®-winning saxophonist Paul Winter’s 22nd Annual Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration will take place at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St., New York, NY.
This one-of-a-kind sunrise concert by the Paul Winter Consort is a musical welcome to summer that marks the passing of one season to the next, evoking a beautiful melding of contemporary human aspirations with the inscrutable mystery of earth and time. It is an experience of deep listening that many people have never had before.
“Morning Sun,” the theme for this year’s Summer Solstice Celebration, is recapitulated in the title of the highly anticipated Living Music album, “Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe — Paul McCandless with the Paul Winter Consort,” a soon-to-be-released anthology of double-reed master Paul McCandless’s great recordings with the Consort over the past 45 years. This year’s Summer Solstice Celebration will honor McCandless’s 70th birthday and serve as a salute to the new album by featuring him on oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet.
The renowned 32-voice choir Florida Singing Sons will be special guests, joining the Paul Winter Consort to perform music ranging from traditional Bulgarian chant to selections by Eric Whitacre and the sublime nocturnes of Morten Lauridsen. The Consort will also premiere new music, along with traditional pieces from their repertoire.
The Consort roster will include Paul Winter, soprano sax; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul McCandless, oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet; Jeff Holmes, piano, and Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral’s majestic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.
All are invited to a tea and coffee reception in the Nave of the Cathedral following the concert.
Tickets will be available closer to the event date.