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Renowned pianist and composer George Winston to host free workshop

DATE: 03-27-2012

George Winston, folk pianist and composer, will present a workshop at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in M157 at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

This workshop precedes his sold-out concert the following night March 28 at the Auburn Public Theater. He will discuss music theory and composition as well as performance practices for piano, guitar, and harmonica.

Winston’s musical influences range from instrumental rock and R&B to stride and folk. His latest solo piano release is Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 (released in February 2012), which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including pieces from the Peanuts® TV specials.

Since 1980, Winston has released 10 other solo piano albums: Autumn (1980), Winter into Spring (1982), December (1982), Summer (1991), Forest (1994), Linus & Lucy-The Music of Vince Guaraldi (1996), which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including Cast Your Fate to the Wind and pieces from the Peanuts® TV specials; Plains (1999), which was inspired by his Eastern Montana upbringing, Night Divides the Day - The Music of The Doors (2002), and Montana - A Love Story (2004) and Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions – A Hurricane Relief Benefit (2006).

In addition to his live performances across the country, Winston is also working on solo guitar and is recording the masters of the Hawaiian Slack Key guitar for an extensive series of albums for Dancing Cat Records ( Slack Key is the name for the beautiful solo fingerstyle guitar tradition, unique to Hawaii, which began in the early 1800s and predated the steel guitar by over half a century.

For more information, contact Music Professor Michael Cortese at or 315-255-1743, ext. 2235.