Winter’s Winter Solstice celebrates the spirit of the holidays with a dazzling extravaganza of music and dance. These performances mark the turning point of the year, a universal, ecumenical milestone when people gathered together to welcome the return of the sun and celebrate light overcoming the dark.
The event has become New York’s favorite holiday alternative to the Nutcracker and Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular.
Performers include seven-time Grammy®-winning saxophonist Paul Winter, his 10-piece ensemble, powerhouse vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. The event will also feature special guests from Brazil: singers Renato Braz and Fabiana Cozza, along with a samba band and Brazilian chorus.
The venue itself is also utterly unique: the largest cathedral in the world, New York’s St. John the Divine, is two blocks long inside and tall enough to house the Statue of Liberty. The Winter Solstice Celebration inhabits the entirety of this titanic space, taking advantage of its mystery and beauty to create a forest, or a deep night sky, where a giant earth globe spins from the vault like a tiny planet in the cosmic vastness, or the world’s largest tam-tam rises, spot lit, 12 stories high.
The goal underlying the celebrations is to enrich our connection to the life-spirit and to the cosmos. At a time of year when stress and commerce have become all too dominant, the Solstice reminds us of our place in the scheme of things and our shared potential for renewal.
Four performances, Dec 17 – 19, with the 2pm Saturday matinee most convenient for families: