Attention, piano lovers: George Winston is coming
George Winston returns to the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, for two nights, Feb. 22 and 23, at 8 p.m.
Playing on a beautiful Steinway grand piano, Winston, the man who was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music later dubbed New Age, will charm and delight new and old fans.
Winston signed on with the Windham Hill label in the early 1980s, recording a trilogy of albums – “Autumn,” “Winter into Spring,” and “December” – of impressionistic, seasonal-themed piano musings which laid much of the groundwork for the New Age boom to follow.
His music continued to grow in popularity and influence in the years to follow, but he then dropped from sight for the remainder of the decade, resurfacing only in 1986 to score a reading of “The Velveteen Rabbit” by actress Meryl Streep.
Returning to action in 1991, he completed his seasonal cycle with “Summer,” then “Forest,” and in 1996, “Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi.”
A compilation album, “All the Seasons of George Winston,” was released the late 1990s and in 2001, “Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit,” was released, which was Winston’s response to the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
“Night Divides the Day” focused on the music of one of his earliest influences, the Doors, and “Montana: A Love Story” was inspired by Winston’s childhood in Montana, the extreme seasonal changes of which influences the pastoral feel of his music.
Tickets for $20 are available at Music Today, (800) 594-8499; Yabobo, Nevada City, 478-9114; BriarPatch Community Market, Grass Valley, 272-5333; The Book Seller, Grass Valley, 272-2131; and Cherry Records, Auburn, 823-2147. Visit Winston on the Web at http://www.georgewinston.com
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