Seven-time Grammy®-winning saxophonist Paul Winter’s 22nd Annual Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration will take place from 4:30 AM to 6:00 AM on Saturday, June 17 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St., New York, NY. The concert will take place under the 150-foot dome of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.
A musician’s and music lover’s dream, the Summer Solstice Celebration is a one-of-a-kind experience showcasing extraordinary musicianship in the awe-inspiring setting and titanic acoustics of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. This year’s Summer Solstice Celebration will honor Paul McCandless’s 70th birthday and serve as a salute to his soon-to-be-released Living Music album, ‘Morning Sun’. Playing new and traditional pieces from their repertoire, the Paul Winter Consort includes distinguished cellist Eugene Friesen, double-reed wizard Paul McCandless on English horn, bass clarinet and oboe, pianist Jeff Holmes, Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral’s majestic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, and Winter on soprano sax. Special guests include The Florida Singing Sons, a renowned 32-voice choir that will perform music ranging from traditional Bulgarian chant(s) to selections by Eric Whitacre, and the sublime nocturnes of Morten Lauridsen.
The music will begin in total darkness and proceed into a continuous journey emanating from different places in the Cathedral. As the great stained-glass windows slowly begin to illuminate, the light joins the sound to carry us into the full dawning of the summer.
There will be a tea and coffee reception following the concert. Tickets are available for $40.