December 13-15, 2012
Music, dance and renewal of spirit at the great turning point of the year.
"An immersive, multimedia extravaganza, as grand and expansive as its location." - New York Times
Winter Solstice is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people came together during the longest night of the year to celebrate the turning point in the Earth’s journey around the sun, and the birth of a new year. Now in its 33rd year, this cross-cultural performance within the awe-inspiring space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine has become one of New York’s favorite holiday events.
This year’s Solstice promises to be a landmark in Paul Winter’s tradition of interweaving diverse performers of the world. Joining the Paul Winter Consort will be renowned African griot singer Abdoulaye Diabaté; dynamic vocalist Theresa Thomason; the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre; and the reunited Paul Winter Sextet, celebrating their new anthology Count Me In, and the 50th anniversary of their historic jazz concert at the Kennedy White House.
When: Thursday, Dec. 13 – 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan, NY
At 112th St., near Columbia University
- free download album (10 tracks)
- videos from past solstice concerts
- tickets and travel details