Winter Solstice Concert

What: Cornell Folk Song Club Concert
When: Saturday, December 6, 2003
Where: 165 McGraw Hall
Cornell University
How Much: $10 members / $10 door / usual rebates at the door

Phil and Carrie
Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore

Joy, let us be joyful, on Solstice night, the longest night. Merry, let us make merry, it's a long, long time 'til morning.
Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore, singers of American Traditional Folksongs, old and not so old, will present a winter solstice concert on Saturday, December 6th, at 8 pm, in Room 165, McGraw Hall on the Cornell University Arts Quad. The Cornell Folk Song Club invites you to this exciting, unusual musical event. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 for Folk Song Club members.

What is a winter solstice concert? It's definitely not a Christmas concert of familiar carols. However, there's plenty of Christmas music during the concert, though the songs are unusual. Plus there are songs for the coming of Winter, for New Year's, Twelfth Night, and the oldest holiday of them all, Winter Solstice itself.

And there's also good-humored, but historically accurate, talk. Find out where our holidays come from, and why they are celebrated over so much of the world. "In the year 323 a.d., one fine morning, the Emperor Constantine did declare the Roman Empire to be Christian. Of course, no one asked the Romans..." We still celebrate in the shadow of Fourth Century Roman politics!

Phil and Carrie have been performing extensively throughout the region for the last year and a half, guitar and fiddle and two voices, doing songs with wonderful, singable choruses, and inviting their audiences to join in. They are very good at weaving magic, especially Holiday Magic. Phil has been performing for 35 years, Carrie not quite as long. Phil presented Winter Solstice concerts throughout the region in the late 1980's and early 1990's, with the group Brandy Tree, and it's time to bring them back again.

For more info, contact: Phil Shapiro 607.844.4535.

Tickets are probably available at Ithaca Guitar Works, Colophon Books (formerly Borealis Bookstore), Greenstar Co-op, Small World Music, Bound for Glory, and, if any are left, at the door. You may also order tickets online and by mail from CFSC, PO Box 481, Ithaca, NY 14851.

(Phil Shapiro)

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