Paul Winter Presents His 39th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Paul Winter Presents His 39th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Courtesy Paul Winter


Seven-time Grammy® award-winning saxophonist/bandleader Paul Winter will present his 39th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 pm, Friday, December 21 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The 10-piece Paul Winter Consort will be joined by powerhouse gospel singer Theresa Thomason, the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and special guests.

Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration has become one of New York's favorite holiday alternative to The Nutcracker and Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. The extravaganza of music, dance and spectacle within the awesome space and acoustics of the world's largest cathedral, celebrates the ancient solstice rituals, when people felt a calling to come together on the longest night of the year to welcome the return of the sun and the birth of the new year.


The Winter Solstice Celebration has evolved over the years to inhabit the entirety of the titanic space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The resounding acoustics have inspired the music of the event, and the vast dimensions of the Cathedral have given birth to unique theatrical elements. A 28-foot spiral “Solstice Tree,” adorned with a multitude of bells, gongs, and chimes symbolizing the diversity of the life family, becomes a part of the music; a huge Earth-globe travels through the Nave and rises over the center-stage; and a giant sun-gong ascends, with its player, to the 100-foot vault of the Cathedral at the symbolic moment of the return of the sun.

THis event is not to be missed! Tickets are now on sale at


>>Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., 866.811.4111

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