For over 30 years, saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Paul Winter has led the Winter Solstice Celebration, a non-denominational, cross-cultural night of musical and theatrical performances at St. John The Divine. The holiday event, honoring the beginning of the earth’s cycle towards summer, is a secular, present-day take on ancient rituals that celebrated the “return of the sun” and the new year.
The Paul Winter Consort — Winter, cellist Eugene Friesen, keyboardist Paul Sullivan, bassist Eliot Wadopian, percussionist Bill Cahn and pipe organist Tim Brumfied — will perform at the celebration along with guest performers African mbira musician Chris Berry, gospel singer Theresa Thomason and the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.
The Winter Solstice Celebration takes place Friday and Saturday nights at St. John The Divine. Download the celebration’s traditional opening song “Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day” above or listen to it while watching highlights from the 2009 Winter Solstice Celebration in the video below.