HILLSIDE — Piano legend George Winston will play at the Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. Winston will perform selections from his recently released solo piano recording, “Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guaraldi (Vol. 2).” Guaraldi is the late jazz pianist, popularized by his now iconic underscoring of the “Peanuts” television specials.
Winston himself is a noted composer and he will delight audiences with his original works at Enlow as well. Self-described as a “rural folk piano” player, he was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music later dubbed “New Age.” Although born in Michigan in 1949, he was raised primarily in Montana, where the extreme seasonal changes he experienced greatly influencing the pastoral feel of his music. Some of Winston’s most profoundly beautiful works – “Autumn,” “Winter Into Spring,” “December,” “Summer” – are based on the changing seasons.
“My biggest inspiration is the seasons,” said Winston, “because the seasons are color, and they’re different every place; for example if it’s winter, it’s a different kind of winter in one place than the other. Growing up, there was one radio station, no television, so the seasons were the entertainment; you rake the leaves and jump in a pile, or go out and sled, or go swimming in the summer. The seasons were the movies and the TV and all of the entertainment, the seasons were it. That just stayed with me, that’s the main thing, I’m always thinking of it. I might be in a big city, or in the country, but it’s still you know, the same date everywhere.”
Tickets to hear George Winston at Enlow Hall are $35 and can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 1-908-737-7469, online at http://enlowhall.kean.edu , or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office. Enlow Recital Hall is located at 215 North Avenue, Hillside.
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