Ann Zimmerman | Winter Solstice:  Hymn for Dark Times

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Winter Solstice: Hymn for Dark Times

by Ann Zimmerman

Darkness bites off another minute of sunlight in this stunningly composed and orchestrated song of deepening winter, yet the light will soon return – spirituality without religious references – equally appropriate for northern and southern hemispheres.
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An antidote for the darkest days of the year, this song brings the hope of returning light and life, lifting spirits like sunshine. Written and sung by award-winning folk musician Ann Zimmerman, arranged and conducted by Maestro Ken Hakoda with full symphony orchestra and choirs, this live recording brought down the house at this its 2011 debut.
As the long night of the solstice approaches, darkness bites minutes off the sunlight, cold files its claws, and daylight disappears. Hard to believe that the light will be coming back - yet it does, with a refrain that will be ringing in the hearts of listeners long after the song reaches its grand finale.
Full lyrics and arrangement are available through Ann Zimmerman's website.
Perfect for cold winter concerts, this song provides spiritual inspiration appropriate for all faiths and non-faith. The disappearing daylight - and hope for the light's return - is a unifying human experience - whether in December in the northern hemisphere or June in the southern hemisphere. Why has it taken so long for this song to be written?
Maestro Hakoda conducts the piece performed here by the Salina Symphony, Salina Chorale, Kansas Wesleyan University Chorale, and the Children's Holiday Choir in this live concert, December 18, 2011.



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