Winter concert showcases label’s top talent |

Winter concert showcases label’s top talent

WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concert

with Liz Story, Barbara Higbie, Lisa Lynne, Aryeh Frankfurter and George Tortorelli

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: The Center for the Arts

314 W Main Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $22 members, $25 non-member

The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14

BriarPatch Co-op - 530-272-5333

Tickets online at


Three master musicians who made their name on the Windham Hill label, pianist Liz Story, singer and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and Celtic harpist Lisa Lynne have created a special show in celebration of Winter Solstice. The Center for the Arts presents these musicians, together with Aryeh Frankfurter and George Tortorelli for a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Grass Valley.

For the past decade, the ensemble has toured nationally for a series that has sold more than 8 million copies. With warmth and humor, the musicians love to play together, focusing on a season celebrated around the world by traditional cultures for centuries. The ensemble plays classic and original holiday music with uplifting, joyful and warm-hearted repartee.

Together, they are Story on piano; Higbie on violin, vocal, piano and guitar; Lynne on Celtic harp, bouzouki, percussion and bass; Tortorelli on flutes and percussion; and Frankfurter on Nyckelharpa, violin and guitar.

California native Liz Story mastered Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 11” by the age of 11. She studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music and Hunter College and the Dick Grove Music Workshops in Studio City. A restaurant job playing piano led her to improvisations and compositions. When Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman heard a tape of these, he signed her to record her debut album, “Solid Colors.”

Grammy-nominated Barbara Higbie is a classic artist from the Windham Hill label who combines elements of jazz, folk, classical, African, Brazilian and Celtic music. She has played with musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Kronos Quartet, Milton Nascimento and Spyro Gyra and has performed on more than 65 albums. A multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, champion fiddle player, pianist and composer, she is known for her work as co-founder of the acoustic supergroup Montreux.

Lisa Lynne has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic harp. A multi-instrumentalist, she specializes in traditional acoustic folk instruments with a modern approach. Her recent recordings have landed on the top 20 of the Billboard music charts as well as top spots in the Celtic, new age and world music radio airplay charts. A longtime activist bringing live music to hospital settings, LA Magazine named Lynne one of the top 50 most inspiring women.

George Tortorelli is a multi-instrumentalist and a master of world flutes known as “Medicine Wind” for the healing sound qualities of his timeless sound. Aryeh Frankfurter is a multi-instrumentalist with a number of critically and commercially successful albums.

Tickets to Sunday’s concert are $22 for members of the Center for the Arts, $25 for nonmembers, and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384, ext. 14, online at http://thecenter or at BriarPatch Co-op.

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