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Paul Winter's 36th Annual Winter Solstice

Paul Winter's fittingly monikered Winter Solstice Celebration has been an annual institution at this Gothic Revival edifice since 1980. The soprano saxophonist and his ten-piece Consort transform the Cathedral's aisles and oratories into open performance spaces, filling a building tall enough to contain the Statue of Liberty with music. In addition to the Consort's longtime solstice rituals — which include slowly lifting the world's largest gong high into the Cathedral's vaults and decorating a towering "tree of sounds" — this year's three-night celebration will feature Brazilian singers Renato Braz and Fabiana Cozza along with a winter-repelling samba band and chorus. Choreographer Abdel Salaam will also premiere a new work for the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.