Seven-time Grammy®-winning saxophonist Paul Winter, with the Paul Winter Consort, will celebrate the winter solstice on Saturday, December 23rd here at Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. There will be two performances, a matinee at 3 pm (sold out) and an evening concert at 7 pm. Get tickets here. Admission: $50. This concert is presented by the Shumacher Center for New Economics.
This will be a uniquely intimate solstice celebration, in contrast to the large-scale productions done for many years in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York. Quoting from Paul Winter, “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.”
Paul Winter says: “The impetus for this Solstice in the Berkshires event was my recent visit to Saint James Place, on the invitation of my friend Susan Witt, Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. I was captivated. The acoustics are heavenly, and the architecture is stunning. With seating for 300, it is possibly the most exquisite small concert hall I’ve ever seen.”
The Consort will feature vocalist Theresa Thomason, Eugene Friesen on cello, Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, Brazillian drummer Rogério Boccato, and Paul Winter on soprano sax.