Grammy Award winning pianist to perform at Lensic

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Grammy-Award winner George Winston is one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world. His show will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
Since 1972, George Winston has released 13 solo piano albums, including his seasonal releases “December, Autumn, Winter Into Spring and Summer,” as well as “Forest,” “Plains,” “Linus and Lucy — The Music of Vince Guaraldi” and “Love Will Come — The Music of Vince Guaraldi Vol. 2” and “Night Divides The Day — The Music of The Doors.”
Winston’s latest release is 2012’s “Gulf Coast Blues and Impressions 2 — A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit.”
This album along with 2006’s “Gulf Coast Blues and Impressions — A Hurricane Relief Benefit raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina” and “The Voice of the Wetlands,” a nonprofit organization raising awareness and developing educational programs about the loss of the wetlands in southern Louisiana and to help heal the damage from the 2010 BP oil spill.
Winston has performed thousands of shows, which always include some of his best known solo piano pieces, including melodic folk piano, the late Vince Guaraldi’s “Peanuts” soundtrack pieces, New Orleans R&B oriented piano, Doors songs and stride piano. He currently has several recordings in the works and will be incorporating some new material on this upcoming fall 2013 tour.
Since 1986, Winston has been raising money for food banks and service organizations and will continue to do so by working with a local food bank in every tour market to host a canned food drive at the show and by donating 100 percent of his merchandise sales to the organization. At this show he will work with Kitchen Angels.
Tickets are $28-$52. For more information and tickets visit lensic.org. To check out more of Winston’s music, visit georgewinston.com or youtube.com/georgewinstonpiano.