George Winston brings blend of styles to Grand Junction
Pianist George Winston is coming back to the Grand Valley for two nights and two concerts featuring his Summer Show.
The concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 11–12, at Two Rivers Winery Chateau, 2087 Broadway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Winston’s contemporary, impressionistic piano music — you’ll find a blending of new age, jazz, folk and classical in his music — is well-known worldwide.
But there is more to Winston than that. Whether you are one of his avid fans or a casual listener, here are few things good know about Winston:
■ He’s a cancer survivor. Winston has survived thyroid and skin cancer and in 2015 received a successful bone marrow transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome.
Proceeds from his newest album, “Spring Carousel,” which was released March 31, will benefit the cancer treatment and research center City of Hope in Duarte, California.
■ He plays more than the piano. Winston also plays the guitar and harmonica. He performs and records on both. And he actually played the organ before switching to piano.
■ Grammy Award? Of course. He won Best New Age Album in 1996 with the album “Forest.” He also was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2004 for “Night Divides the Day.”
■ He collects, donates canned goods at nearly every performance. It’s true. Just google it. So don’t forget to take a few cans of food with you to Winston’s upcoming concerts.
Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased at Triple Play Music, Back Porch Music, area City Market stores, sandstoneconcerts.com, ticketswest.com and by calling 243-8497.
Sources: georgewinston.com; allmusic.com; cityofhope.org