The Consort’s 23rd annual Summer Solstice Celebration will take place at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday morning June 16th, at 4:30 am. The consort, led by Safina Center Creative Affiliate Paul Winter, will be joined by special guests vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the 16-voice Pletenitsa Balkan Choir, conducted by Christiane Karam. The Pletenitsa Choir captivated the Consort’s audiences in its recent Winter Solstice series in December, and the Consort has since then dreamed of hearing their sublime, soulful sound in the early morning deep-listening journey in the magical acoustics of the Cathedral.
Founded by Christiane Karam in 2011, as a forum for exploring the choral and folk traditions of the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and parts of the Mediterranean, the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir is primarily a women’s chorus, with some music that incorporates male voices. It includes and welcomes singers from all over the world, serving as a platform for cultural exchange and a context for coming together to celebrate the beauty and spirit that connect us all.
Cellist Eugene Friesen, pianist Jeff Holmes, and organist Ray Nagem will also be featured in the event.
Where: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10025
When: Saturday, June 16 at 4:30am
Tickets: Preferred General Admission $50 | General Admission $40 | Yoga Mat $40