Press Release

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Rothko Chapel on June 21 

June 15, 2018


From sunrise to sunset enjoy activities for the entire family  

Houston, TX  – Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Rothko Chapel with sunrise to sunset activities which will engage and inspire the entire family on Thursday, June 21 at 6:20 A.M. and 8:20 P.M. The Summer Solstice Sunrise and Sunset Observances are part of the Chapel’s Summer Series of programs which includes programs for all including tai chi, meditations, Summer Sounds featuring two energizing bands in July, and more.  These programs are available as pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.00 per person. Rothko Chapel is located in the heart of the Montrose at  3900 Yupon at Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006. 
The Summer Solstice Sunrise Observance will begin at 6:20 A.M. with Indian ragas performed by classically trained South Indian vocalist Prema Bhat.  With a Masters in Carnatic (Indian voice and theory) Bhat will share early morning ragas which are known to have a meditative quality.  The performance is followed by a facilitated walk through a temporary labyrinth placed on the Chapel plaza by Jay Stailey, a founding member of the Rothko Chapel Guild and internationally renowned labyrinth creator.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the Chapel lawn to enjoy the vocal erformances.  Please note that no shoes will be allowed in the labyrinth. Complimentary pastries and coffee will be provided by Panera Bread.  
At 8:20 P.M. the Chapel’s Summer Solstice Sunset Observance will close the longest day of the year with a performance by Kaminari Taiko of Houston.  The word “taiko” means drum in Japanese, and the art of taiko carries deep significance in Japanese culture. Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company.  All natural, organic ice pops by Popfancy will be available for purchase.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy sitting on the Chapel lawn to listen to the drummers. For more information visit and click the “event” tab.  

About Rothko Chapel The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge. It is a contemplative space that successfully interconnects art, spirituality, and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs.  Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary.  Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality, and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues. 

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