Poster Summer Solstice
Wednesday, June 21, marks the northern hemisphere's summer solstice, considered the longest day of the year in that region.
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Listen to ‘Shine: A Summer Solstice Celebration’

Shine: A Celebration of the Summer Solstice 2023

Shine: A Summer Solstice Celebration highlights composers and musicians who celebrate this glorious season and will inspire listeners to celebrate the longest day of the year. Listen now with host Melanie Renate.


Christopher Tucker: Twilight in the Wilderness (excerpt) North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon

John Mackey: Aurora Awakes – North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon

William Grant Still: Summerland – Oregon String Quartet

Lou Harrison: Solstice: Garden of the Sun – California Symphony, Barry Jekowsky

Hildegard von Bingen: O Ignis Spiritus (excerpt) – A Far Cry Orchestra

Hildegard von Bingen: O Ignis SpiritusVox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve

Max Richter: Summer from Vivaldi Recomposed – Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Andre de Ridder with Daniel Hope, violin

Helena Munktell: Rustic Dances from Dala Suite – Gavle Symphony, Tobias Ringborg

Christopher Theofanidis: All Dreams Begin with the Horizon (excerpt) – Christopher Atzinger

Agathe Grondahl: Summer Song – Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bjarte Engeset

Amelia Chain: The Song of the Sun: Solstice – Amelia Chain, piano & electronics

Ola Gjeilo: Shine – Ola Gjeilo, piano

David Gay: Summer Solstice - Libana

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