Center For Arts & Equity

December 22, 2023
3:00pm matinee
Doors open at 2:00 pm
7:00 pm evening
Doors open at 6:00 pm
$50-70 / $25 youth in adv.
$55-75 at the door
130 Pine Street, Florence, MA

Paul Winter Consort

Celebrating The Winter Solstice

In 1980, Paul Winter and the Consort were invited to be artists-in-residence at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Paul Winter explains: “The dean had a personal mission to create a bridge between spirituality and ecology. He appreciated our music, but I think it was the ecological dimension of our repertoire that convinced him we could be part of the Cathedral. The premise of the invitation was entirely secular; it was not to have us play liturgical music. We could present any events we wanted, as long as we produced them ourselves.”

Since that time, the Winter Solstice Celebration has become a beloved annual tradition in New York City and for millions around the country, broadcast live on NPR. This year marks the first time that the Solstice Celebration has left its home at St. John the Divine. “While we will not have all the dancers and theatrical effects that were possible in the world's largest Cathedral, we will have all the essence of our solstice music, and we will feature, as always, the beloved voice of Theresa Thomason, who has been the ‘star’ of our solstice celebrations for over 25 years.”

Join us at the BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity for an intimate presentation of this magical tradition. The Consort will include vocalist Theresa Thomason, Eugene Friesen on cello, Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, Brazilian drummer Rogério Boccato, with Paul Winter on soprano sax.

Paul Winter Consort
No one in the music world has been more ambitious or creative in exploring the ways musicians can create soundscapes in dialogue with the surrounding world. And he has been doing it for decades, all over the globe, from Siberia to the Grand Canyon.
Ted Gioia
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