On Saturday morning, June 17th 2017, at 4:30am, the Paul Winter Consort, with special guests, the renowned 32-voice choir Florida Singing Sons, will be presenting their 22nd annual Summer Solstice Celebration, a one-of-a-kind sunrise concert, celebrating one of the great turning points of the year, at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Consort will premiere new music, along with traditional pieces from their repertoire, and will collaborate with the choir in music ranging from Bulgarian chant to the work of Eric Whitacre and the sublime nocturnes of Morten Lauridsen.
“This event is our musical welcome to the summer. Summer Solstice is one of the great turning points of the year, when the sun is at its peak and the days abound with the promise of life’s fullness. My dream, with this sunrise celebration, is to offer an experience of this resonance, in the mystical ambience of these early morning hours, through a deep listening journey within the awesome space of this largest cathedral in the world. Our music begins in total darkness, and proceeds in a continuous flow, emanating from different places in the Cathedral. Gradually, as the great stained glass windows begin to illuminate, the light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of the summer.” – Paul Winter
This sunrise concert is a unique musical journey, beginning in total darkness, with the light gradually joining the sounds, to usher in the dawning of the summer.