Cheyenne, Wyoming — 200-plus people came out on a very gusty September 30 autumn evening to see pianist George Winston perform his Solo Piano Concert – The Summer Show at Cheyenne Civic Center. Pianist George Winston encouraged fans to bring non-perishable food items for donations to a local food bank in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as he’s known for recording and playing on behalf of many charities, including for inner city children and for Gulf Coast hurricane relief. Here’s more about the George Winston performance at the Cheyenne Civic Center which also included guitar and harmonica solos.
This very gifted musician doesn’t have the gift of gab, for he lets his music do the talking. The musician and composer basically gave short introductions to what he played, played it, and constantly thanked the very enthusiastic audience for their applause. The fans were given a front and back page playbill that contained the musician’s biography and a list of items for sale in the lobby, of which the proceeds also went to the local food bank.
More About Pianist George Winston Performing at the Cheyenne Civic Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming
The musician cites many influences for his music. According to his website, these include James Booker, Professor Longhair, Thomas “Fats” Waller, and Vince Guaraldi, who composed the music for the Peanuts animated shows, and who inspired Winston’s album from 1996 called Linus and Lucy -The Music of Vince Guaraldi. Pianist George Winston has composed some very memorable albums that capture the essence of the times of the year, such as Autumn (1980), December (1982), Winter into Spring (1982), and Summer (1991). He’s even composed various soundtracks, such as for The Velveteen Rabbit (1984), according to his biography at Wikipedia.
Pianist George Winston is a man who doesn’t put on airs. He came out in jeans, a long sleeve shirt, and in his stocking feet, and had an old beat up guitar case next to him. Over the course of roughly two hours (minus a 20 minute intermission), the accomplished musician played 14 selections from his repertoire, including 11 piano solos, 2 folksy guitar solos (one of which he performed for his encore), and one harmonica solo that sounded Zydeco-like in nature, showing the crowd just how talented he is with various instruments besides the piano. Pianist George Winston interchanged his piano music at the Cheyenne Civic Center between lively, jazzy, and ragtime styles with more somber, reflective, yet rather fast-paced pieces, showing a real command of this particular musical instrument.
Pianist George Winston Played an Awesome Rendition of Rain at the Cheyenne Civic Center
The livelier selections of pianist George Winston included James Booker’s Pixie as well as a piano stride piece called Cat and Mouse, plus two pieces called It Was A Short Summer Charlie Brown and Woodstock from a soon to be released album called Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2. Those Peanuts renditions brought back all those memories of the Charlie Brown specials on TV as the performer played ever so eloquently and with a sense of passion.
Pianist George Winston’s more reflective pieces included a very long and awesome playing of Rain (from his 1982 Winter into Spring album), in which he used the interior of the piano to make sounds that I’ve never heard come from that particular instrument. Rain had elements of tenseness, and its melody reminded me of pounding raindrops. He also wowed the crowd with his quickly-paced interpretations of Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel and The Door’s Riders On The Storm, the latter sounding really crisp.
Pianist George Winston Received Enthusiastic Applause and Ovations in Cheyenne, Wyoming
While the crowd at the Cheyenne Civic Center was small, their enthusiasm for the gifted musician didn’t waiver, as each performance received a hearty applause. Pianist George Winston received a nice standing ovation from the audience at the end of the program, with many purchasing his music and posters during intermission and after the show ended.
Cheyenne Civic Center website: www.cheyenneciviccenter.org
George Winston website: www.georgewinston.com
George Winston: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Winston, Wikipedia