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Acclaimed pianist George Winston plays Palmer


February 21, 2002


BRAWLEY — Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist George Winston will perform a solo piano concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Palmer Performing Arts Center here.

The concert also is a benefit for the Imperial Valley Food Bank, and Winston is asking that audience members bring canned and non-perishable food items to the event. Proceeds from the sale of his CDs and posters at the concert will be donated to the food bank by Winston.

Best-known for his impressionistic solo piano renderings of his reflections on the changing seasons, Winston explores new styles and other instruments; he plays both guitar and slack key guitar. (Slack key is the name for the venerable finger-picked guitar tradition that began in Hawaii in the early 1800s and predated the steel guitar by more than 60 years.)


In his solo piano concerts, Winston always includes some slack key guitar pieces.

Winston keeps a constant touring schedule, performing upward of 110 solo piano concerts per year in the United States, Asia and Europe, as well as occasional solo guitar concerts and solo piano dances.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Winston's first recorded album, "Ballad and Blues-1972."

Sure to be heard are selections from his many recordings, which include "Autumn," "Winter into Spring," "December," "Summer," "Forest," "Linus and Lucy — the Music of Vince Guaraldi," and selections from his latest album, "Plains."

Music from his soundtrack recordings of "The Velveteen Rabbit," "This is American, Charlie Brown — the Birth of the Constitution" and "Pumpkin Circle" also will be on the program.

Winston is being presented by the North County Coalition for the Arts.

Tickets are $18 and $14; children and students through college are half-price. For ticket information, call the Palmer box office at 351-0789 or visit Clark Baker Music in El Centro or Lou Lange's Music Bar in Brawley.

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