Paul Winter's 37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Featuring the Paul Winter Consort, Vocalist Theresa Thomason, Forces of Nature Dance Theater and Special Guests
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30PM
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
at 112th Street
The Cathedral Box Office opens 1 hour prior to each performance for will call ticket pick up
The seven-time Grammy-winning Paul Winter Consort will present their 37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in four concert performances December 15, 16, & 17, 2016. The ten-member Consort will be joined once again by the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.
This year's Solstice Celebration will be a tribute to the late George Martin, renowned producer of the Beatles' recordings, who also produced the Paul Winter Consort's landmark album Icarus. Winter recalls that working with Martin was a great learning experience for the Consort, and the Icarus album provided the group with the accolade of a lifetime. In his 1979 autobiography, All You Need is Ears, Martin refers to Icarus as “the finest record I have ever made.”
Gary Brooker, founder, composer, and vocalist of the iconic band Procol Harum, will be a featured special guest in these concerts. The co-writer of the classic song “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” Brooker has been friends with Paul Winter since the Consort opened for Procol Harum at Fillmore East in 1971. George Martin also produced Brooker's album No More Fear of Flying.
Also featured will be gospel singer Theresa Thomason, a beloved favorite of past Winter Solstice Celebrations.
The Consort includes: Paul Winter on soprano saxophone, cellist Eugene Friesen, double-reed player Paul McCandless, keyboardist Paul Sullivan, bassist Eliot Wadopian, drummer Jamey Haddad, organist Tim Brumfield, and Sun-gong maestro Scott Sloan. The Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, led by choreographer Abdel Salaam, will premiere a new piece, choreographed for this year’s Solstice Celebration.
Manhattan’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine is more than a site of liturgy or dogma. It’s a home for the human spirit, meant to uplift, inspire awe, unite, and give refuge. It’s the perfect location for Paul Winter Consort’s ongoing exploration of the turning of the seasons and the tuning of the soul. The Winter Solstice Celebration is designed to give deeper festive meaning to the year’s end.
More information on Paul Winter's 37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration is available at: solsticeconcert.com