Date:   11/20/2004

Windham Hill artist, Liz Story, performs at Thrasher

As a prelude to the fast-approaching and often too-busy holiday season, Thrasher Opera House invites you to come, relax, and enjoy an evening of incredibly passionate music by accomplished solo pianist and Windham Hill artist, Liz Story, on Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $24.


To begin the evening, Thrasher has teamed with premiere dining establishment, Grey Rock (Heidel House), overlooking beautiful Green Lake, to offer concertgoers a special Dinner/Concert package.  Patrons can enjoy a three-course meal which includes; soup or salad, entrée of their choice, and one of four desserts - with coffee, tea or soda and tax included.  All of this, plus a dazzling performance by one of Windham Hill’s earliest ‘new age’ pianists, for the exceptional package price of only $46.


A native of California, Liz began her musical training as a young child, mastering Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 11 by the age of 11. When her family moved to Germany during her teens, she added languages, philosophy, and poetry to her studies. On her return to the United States, she continued her piano studies at the Juilliard School of Music and enrolled at Hunter College.


After hearing the jazz pianist Bill Evans one night at the Bottom Line in New York City, Story decided to learn jazz piano and became a student of Sanford Gold, whom Evans recommended. Later, after moving back to Southern California, she studied at the Dick Grove Music Workshops in Studio City. During her studies, she took a job playing piano in a restaurant and was suddenly thrust into improvisations when the piano had no musical strand. Over several months, these improvisations developed into compositions.


When Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman heard a tape of these, he signed her to record her debut album, heavily influenced by Mozart and Evans, called Solid Colors (1983).  Her music became identified with the new-age music that her record company Windham Hill was pioneering at that time. She recorded two albums on the Novus label in the late 80s, but returned to Windham Hill in 1990 having developed a fuller, chordal sound which was showcased on Escape of the Circus Ponies (1991).


Her unashamedly romantic, My Foolish Heart (1993), was a collection of standards and showcased excellent versions of Rogers and Hart's "My Romance" and Ellington/ Webster's "I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)".  Next came The Gift (1994), an atmospheric album of Christmas music, which following the project, led Story to re-examined her own Spanish Catholic childhood and religious beliefs.  My Foolish Heart (1993) and the simply titled Liz Story (1996) were attempts to broaden her appeal beyond lovers of new age related music by playing jazz and pop standards from the golden age of songwriting.


Experience the beautiful sound of this three-time Grammy nominee for yourself on Saturday, November 20.  Better yet, start the evening with a delicious dinner at Grey Rock, and then relax to the warmth and feeling of an acoustic piano virtuoso, live and on stage at the historic Thrasher Opera House.  Tickets alone are $24 and can be purchased at Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, and Ripon Drug or online at The Dinner/ Concert Packages are available by calling the Thrasher office at (920)294-4279.



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