Known throughout the world as a virtuoso on piano, George Winston will give a solo concert on Friday, March 31 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College. The 7:30 p.m. show marks Winston’s fourth appearance as part of the CLC Theatre’s Cultural Arts Series.

Many of Winston’s compositions are self-described as “rural folk piano” or “folk piano,” a style he developed as a complement to the up-tempo stride piano. The third style he plays is New Orleans R&B piano.

Coincidentally, Winston releases his newest recording on the very day he appears in Brainerd. “Spring Carousel” features a collection of 15 solo piano compositions written by Winston while in recovery from a bone marrow transplant for Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Proceeds from sales of “Spring Carousel” will directly benefit City of Hope.

Winston last appeared in Brainerd in 2014. His philanthropy extends to doing whatever he can to combat hunger. Series producer Patrick Spradlin noted, “George will donate all of the proceeds from his CD sales, minus the sales of ‘Spring Carousel,’ to local food banks. We’ve chosen the Central Lakes College Student Food Bank for this concert. In addition, audience members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the concert as a donation.”

Spradlin also noted that Winston will be presenting a workshop/demonstration for piano at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, which is open to the public. The event will take place in the Music Rehearsal Room on the Brainerd campus.

Tickets for the George Winston concert are available through the CLC Theatre Box Office at (218) 855-8199, or online at www.clcmn.edu/arts.

This presentation is supported by A Woman’s Choice, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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