The concert featuring George Winston will benefit Friends of Music.
Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston will perform a benefit solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 5) in Hemmle Recital Hall. The concert will benefit Friends of Music, and proceeds will support the George Winston and Friends of Music Scholarship Endowment for music majors.
Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available online or at the door prior to the concert. There also will be a food drive at the concert supporting the South Plains Food Bank. Audience members are encouraged to bring a nonperishable donation to the concert.
The concert will feature selections from Winston's melodic piano recordings, as well as R&B piano, stride piano, Vince Guaraldi's timeless “Peanuts” pieces and more. Winston also will play the Hawaiian slack-key guitar and the harmonica.
Texas Tech's Friends of Music program organizes unique performances and events where supporters can embrace the musical arts. Proceeds from events benefit music scholarships, special projects, unique educational events and acquisition of specialized instruments.
Winston has released 13 solo piano albums since 1972. His 1996 album, “Forest,” won a Grammy for Best New Age Album. His 2004 album, “Night Divides the Day – The Music of the Doors,” and his 2010 album, “Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2,” both were nominated for Grammys.
His most recent album, “Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit,” was written by Winston while in recovery from a bone marrow transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. All proceeds from the sales of the album benefit City of Hope. For more information, visit Winston's website.