Date:   10/7/2002

George Winston Performing at Thrasher Opera House

George Winston Performing at Thrasher Opera House


George Winston’s work is well known to involve the natural settings of the area.  Since 1980, George Winston has released five solo piano albums incorporating themes of the changing seasons: Autumn (1980), Winter into Spring (1982), December (1982), Summer (1991) and Forest (1994).  Now, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Green Lake State Bank, the Grocery Bag, Heidel House and WBJZ Radio, Winston will join us in celebration of the fall season by playing to a sold-out audience in the intimacy of the historic Thrasher Opera House, on Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m.  


Classified as about two-thirds R&B/rock/standards and about one-third melodic music, George Winston’s unique compositions have created a genre all to themselves.  Among his album releases, Winston has also recorded solo piano and guitar soundtracks for four childrens animated videos including The Velveteen Rabbit (1984), This is America, Charlie Brown (1988), Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes (1995) and Pumpkin Circle (1997).


Winston has traveled all over the world entertaining audiences at each stop.  Yet no matter how far he ventures, Winston brings his love for his home into his music.  His 1996 album, Plains, for example, was entirely inspired by his Eastern Montana upbringing.  And the music from his albums dedicated to the changing seasons was captured through live concert performances and interviews in a feature-length video/DVD produced for PBS entitled George Winston-Seasons in Concert.


Since first hearing the first Doors album in January 1967, George Winston has been deeply inspired by their music. His new album, Night Divides the Day – The Music of The Doors features 13 solo piano versions of some of The Doors’ best known songs, including People are Strange, Love Her Madly, Spanish Caravan, Love Me Two Times, Light My Fire, Riders on the Storm, The Crystal Ship, as well as other more obscure Doors compositions. Windham Hill Records will release Night Divides the Day – The Music of The Doors on October 8, the day after his appearance at the Thrasher Opera House.


When touring, Winston encourages audience members throughout the country to donate food to their local food pantry.   At his request, the Green Lake County Food Pantry will be available at the concert to accept donations of non-perishable foods to help fill their pantry.  In addition, 100% of the merchandising proceeds from the items sold at Winston’s concerts are donated to these organizations.


Every month, the Green Lake County Food Pantry provides emergency assistance to over 250 families and individuals in need, which means that the shelves at the Food Pantry need replenishing on a continual basis.  Please join the Thrasher Opera House in further support of the Green Lake County Food Pantry by dropping off a donation of a non-perishable food item at the Grocery Bag or Green Lake State Bank until the end of October.  Please give to those in need.


Winston plays approximately 110 solo piano concert dates per year in America, Asia and Europe, with occasional solo guitar concerts and solo piano dances.  And now, one of these tremendous events will be held right here, in beautiful Green Lake, at the historic Thrasher Opera House! 


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