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Renowned Pianist George Winston Performs at UW-RF

MARCH 31, 2006--Grammy-award winning pianist, George Winston will perform on the UW-River Falls campus on April 15 at 8 p.m. as part of the Wyman Series. The performance will take place at the Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus.

Winston is inspired by blues, rock (especially the Doors), R&B and jazz. Thomas "Fats" Waller and the late Teddy Wilson have also inspired Winston. In 1972, Winston recorded his first solo album, “Ballads and Blues.” Since 1980, Winston has released eight more solo albums.

In 2005, Winston started recording “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions-A Hurricane Relief Benefit,” which is an album of piano solos to benefit hurricane relief efforts. Currently, he is focusing on live performances and is also studying the playing of the late great New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, the late James Booker, Dr. John and the late Professor Longhair. More information about the Winston is available at www.georgewinston.com.

Cost is $10 for UW-RF students with ID; $15 for 18 and under and $20 for general public. For more information contact the UW-RF student leadership center at 715-425-4911 or http://www.uwrf.edu/leadership/welcome.html. Concert-goers are also asked to bring a canned food item for the local foot shelf.

The UW-RF Performing Arts Committee as well as the Diversity Awareness committee, both part of the leadership Development and Programming Board, sponsor the free Wyman Series. Funding for the series is provided by student fees, which are allocated to various student organizations and committees for the productions.

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