In West Hartford, Paul Winter Consort to perform ‘ecological mass’

The Paul Winter Consort will perform an "ecological mass" on April 25.

WEST HARTFORD — The Paul Winter Consort which was to present a performance of music from its ecological mass Missa Gaia/Earth Mass, on Saturday April 25, 7 p.m., at First Church Congregational, along with the First Church Choir, conducted by James Boratko, has canceled the event, according to an email from organizers.

The Paul Winter Consort was commissioned to create this Mass by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, where they have been artists-in-residence since 1980. The Mass is a joyous, rhythmic and contemporary celebration of the entire Earth as a sacred space. The music features the renowned voice of gospel singer Theresa Thomason, along with the recorded vocalizations of wolf, whale and loon.

Paul Winter’s musical odyssey has long embraced the traditions of the world’s cultures, as well as the wildlife voices of what he refers to as “the greater symphony of the Earth.” From the early days of his college jazz sextet, which toured Latin America for the State department and performed the first-ever jazz concert at the White House for the Kennedys in 1962, to his later ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, his concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to 52 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents, into which he has traveled on rafts, dog sleds, mules, kayaks, tug-boats and Land Rovers. He has produced 45 albums, of which seven have been honored with Grammy® Awards.

The concert takes place at The Meeting House, First Church West Hartford, 12 South Main Street, West Hartford. Some free parking is available in our lot accessible off Farmington Ave., or at the Isham Road Garage.

For tickets, preferred seating is $40, standard seating is $30, balcony seats are $25. ($5 discount seniors over 65 - children under 12) For tickets visit

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