“Our most profound event of the year.” – Paul Winter
At this annual solstice ritual, the Paul Winter Consort celebrates the first sunrise of summer within the vast Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Beginning in complete darkness, musicians surrounding the audience play continuously as the cathedral's stained-glass windows gradually illuminate to usher in the longest day of the year.
The Consort will premiere music from their Grammy-winning album Miho: Journey to the Mountain, inspired by I. M. Pei's Miho Museum near Kyoto, Japan. Joining 7-time Grammy-winning soprano saxophonist Paul Winter are cellist Eugene Friesen; Armenian vocalist/percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan; Paul McCandless on oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet; Tibetan vocalist Yangjin Lamu; bansuri (Indian flute) master Steve Gorn; percussionist Glen Velez; Yukiko Matsuyama on koto; and Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral's pipe organ.
Immediately following the concert, the entire audience will be invited to a free tea and coffee reception in the Nave of the Cathedral, during which members of the audience can meet each other along with the musicians of the Consort.
When - Saturday, June 18, 4:30 a.m.
Where - Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York City