Make Music Winter, Thursday, Dec. 21

The Earth Is Our Mother | Judith Saint Croix, Andrew Bolotowsky

Bring your voice and winter solstice spirit to Petrosino Square in the heart of Soho to join composer and performer Judith Saint Croix as leads a group performance of the traditional Hopi chant “The Earth Is Our Mother.” She will be joined by Andrew Bolotowsky on the Native American flute, who will also perform selections from Judith’s composition “The Acadian Suite” and from “Music for the Royal Fireworks”  by George Frideric Handel.  A sing-along featuring seasonal tunes will close out the program.

This program is produced in association with Friends of Petrosino Square.

Gather at the northernmost tip of Petronsino Square at Lafayette Street and Spring Street. The performances will begin 12:00 pm.

Just show up!  Shakers and bells will be distributed to participants as they arrive, but bring your own if you have them. If you know you are coming ahead of time, please send an email with the subject line “I Love Our Earth Mother” to

Judith Sainte Croix began playing professionally at the age of sixteen, performing the Poulenc Organ Concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She received her Masters of Music Composition degree from Indiana University School of Music. Her awards and performances include the Gaudeamus Competition in the Netherlands for the orchestral work Love Brings Good Fortune, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation for performances in Europe, the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s premiere of the opera The Secret Circuit, the Canton Ohio Symphony’s premiere of Anodos (The Goddess Arising), as well as a Creative Associate Fellowship in Buffalo, NY.

In New York City, her music has been performed at Lincoln Center, the Kitchen, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Art Museum, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Dia Art Foundation, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Elebash Recital Hall, the Steinway Co.,  New York University and Merkin Concert Hall and the Americas Society.

Andrew Bolotowsky is a well-known and frequently recorded flautist from New York City. He studied with William Kincaid, Elaine Schaffer and Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has performed over three thousand concerts throughout the United States and with many orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the region, including the Pan American Orchestra, the Westchester Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Brooklyn Baroque, the SOHO Baroque Opera Company, Downtown Music Ensemble and the Wood Hill Chamber Players. He has performed live on numerous radio stations as well as WNYC, NBC, and CBS television. He has given premières of countless new works for flute by composers such as Dave Brubeck, Alan Hovhaness, Frank Wigglesworth, Jackson MacLow and Beth Anderson and can be heard on many record labels including Newport Classics, 4Tay, Frog Peak, Stereo Society, New World Records, Orion, Quill Classics, Sonic Muse, and CRI.

Since June 2005, Friends of Petrosino Square has advocated for parks and other green space at the cusp of Little Italy and SoHo. A neighborhood partner of the Historic Districts Council, we are committed to preserving our diverse cultural, architectural and artistic heritage. Every day, we strive to make life a little more livable for residents and small businesses. For more information, contact Georgette Fleischer, President, and Minerva Durham, Treasurer, at

Selections from “The Acadian Suite” (2005) to be performed:
Cliffs Above the Sea
Sunlight is Dancing
Evening Brook
Balsam Pine Scent

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative