George Winston to Present ‘Winter Show’ at Center for the Arts

Posted: December 7, 2011 at 5:04 am, Last Updated: December 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Known for his impressionistic style, pianist George Winston burst onto the music scene in the 1980s with a collection of seasonal-themed recordings that quickly found an eager audience. His distinctive melodic style, which he calls “rural folk piano,” was influenced by his early years in Montana, as well as by the music of great New Orleans R&B pianists Henry Butler, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John and John Cleary.

This holiday season, Winston will present “The Winter Show” at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m.

Winston recorded his debut album, “Ballads and Blues,” in 1972, and has since recorded more than 10 solo albums. Winston recently released an album called “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions – A Hurricane Relief Benefit,” which features original compositions, as well as pieces by renowned New Orleans pianists Henry Butler, James Booker and Dr. John.

In 2001, Winston released “Remembrance – A Memorial Benefit,” a six-song CD of piano, guitar and harmonica solos, to benefit those affected by 9/11. In addition, Winston has composed music for the children’s videos “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” “Pumpkin Circle” and “Bread Comes to Life.” He also recorded the solo piano soundtrack for an audio recording of the children’s story “The Velveteen Rabbit” for Rabbit Ears Productions.

His next two recordings, to be released simultaneously next year, are “A Change Is Gonna Come – A Benefit” and “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions – A Relief Benefit 2 – Save the Wetlands.” Winston is also releasing two new digital tracks to benefit the Occupy movement: an original track called “Autumn Spring,” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” These tracks will be available within the next few weeks and will be downloadable on Winston’s website, iTunes, Amazon and wherever digital music is sold.

For this performance, the audience is encouraged to join the Center for the Arts in support of a local food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. Winston will also donate a portion of the artist’s proceeds from his CD sales to the food bank.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $24, $40 and $48. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit


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