Pianist George Winston at the PAC

Well-known pianist George Winston will perform at the Newport Performing Center on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Pianist George Winston returns to the Alice Silverman Theatre at the Newport Performing Center on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. for a one-night performance.

Winston is undeniably a household name. He has inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years, selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior, playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing.

Winston’s music is evocative, offering people a chance to take a step back from their perpetually busy lives and let their minds adventurously wander. His 15th album, “Restless Wind,” released May 3, is a portrayal of Winston’s place in a chaotic world — his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace.

His classic albums, “Autumn” and “December,” are perennial favorites, along with “Winter into Spring,” “Summer,” and “Spring Carousel.” Other Winston albums include two volumes of the compositions of Vince Guaraldi, two volumes of benefit albums for the Gulf Coast disasters and six other solo piano albums.

Winston dresses unassumingly for his shows, often playing in stocking feet, stating that it quiets his "hard beat pounding" left foot. For years, the balding, bearded Winston would walk out on stage in a flannel shirt and jeans, and the audience would think he was a technician, coming to tune the 9-foot New York Steinways that are his piano of choice.

Winston’s appearance in Newport is a fundraiser evening benefiting the Entertain the Future! Capital Campaign to expand and enhance the PAC.

For preferred seating tickets at $50 or general seating tickets at $45, call the PAC Box Office at 541-265-2787, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or purchase online at www.coastarts.org.

A special request of Winston is that along with their tickets, people bring non-perishable items for the Lincoln County Food Bank.

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