George Winston to play tonight in Grass Valley
George Winston plays more than 100 solo piano concerts a year, some of which are benefits. Tonight is such a one. Not only will it help out The Nevada County Food Bank, it will help The Center for the Arts (the concert venue) get nearer to its goal of buying a much needed piano.
About the concert itself, which starts at 8 p.m., a Winston handler said, “George will be playing his Summer Show which does include a mix of his melodic folk piano, stride, R&B and Vince Guaraldi pieces. The audience can expect to hear a bit of everything.”
Winston is a humanitarian as well as a pianist. All of his artist royalties from the album “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: A Hurricane Relief Benefit” have been donated to helping Katrina victims. Winston was moved to do this, he said, because he feels he owes a debt to the musicians of New Orleans.
This concert follows that tradition. Any canned goods concert-goers bring will go to the food bank.
Tickets are $18 in advance ($20 at the door). Contact the Center for the Arts Box Office, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, at (530) 274-8384, ext. 14, or go online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org.
A grand search
The Center for the Arts has to borrow a Steinway from Music in the Mountains for professional pianists such as George Winston. That involves moving it back and forth and two tunings – an expensive proposition.
Well, after tonight’s concert, the center hopes to be lots closer to having enough money to buy a concert grand. According to Hindi Greenberg of the center’s auxiliary Grandes Dames, this organization “has now brought in about $13,000 towards the grand piano. That combined with the $6,000 brought in by the Daniel Brooks/Ken Hardin fundraiser means we now have approximately $19,000 towards the piano. The various pianos that we are looking at run in the $21K and up range.”
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