High Point Theatre Presents Grammy Award Winning Steinway Pianist-Composer George Winston
Concert to feature melodic selection of seasonal and Guaraldi favorites – Nov. 11
High Point, North Carolina – Inspired by the seasons and topographies, George Winston’s concerts feature a variety of styles including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano. He performs songs from his seasonal favorites Autumn, December, Winter Into Spring, and Summer, as well as Peanuts pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums Linus & Lucy –The Music Of Vince Guaraldi, and Love Will Come-The Music Of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2, and more. Returning to the stage at the High Point Theatre on Friday evening, Nov. 11, is the Grammy Award winning composer, musician and recording artist. Concert is set to get underway at 8:00 PM.
Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano.
Since 1972 George has released thirteen solo piano albums, worked with the late George Levenson of Informed Democracy on three projects: a solo guitar soundtrack for Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes; and soundtracks of piano, guitar and, harmonica solos for Pumpkin Circle, and Bread Comes To Life. In addition, he has recorded the solo piano soundtrack for the children’s story The Velveteen Rabbit for Rabbit Ears Productions.
George is presently concentrating mainly on live performances, and most of the time he is touring playing solo piano concerts (the Summer Show or the Winter Show), solo guitar concerts, solo harmonica concerts, and solo piano dances (with R&B and slow dance songs). He is also currently studying the playing of the great New Orleans pianists, Henry Butler, the late James Booker, Doctor John and the late Professor Longhair.
“A George Winston concert features piano styles that bounce between folk piano, rhythm and blues piano and stride piano,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “From calm, peaceful selections inspired by nature to up-tempo Peanuts favorites, the audience can expect a phenomenal musical experience.” Tickets are $30-$35, available at the box office by calling (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com.
Please Join Us In Support Of The Salvation Army By Bringing A Donation Of Canned Food To The Concert
About High Point Theatre – Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.