Winston, Taylor Offer Seasonal Treats
Pianist George Winston will perform a benefit concert Dec. 22 at Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Center, with all proceeds donated to the Children's Aid Society, which is assisting children affPianist George Winston will perform a benefit concert Dec. 22 at Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Center, with all proceeds donated to the Children's Aid Society, which is assisting children affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Patrons are also encouraged to bring canned food donations for the Food for Survival Food Bank. All of Winston's merchandise sales from the performance will also be set aside for Food for Survival.
Tickets for the show are now available at the Lincoln Center box office and through its official Web site. A small number of higher priced "Gold Circle" seats include a post-show meet-and-greet with Winston plus an autographed copy of his latest Windham Hall release, "Remembrance."
As previously reported, that six-track mini-album features two new solo piano pieces, two solo guitar tracks, and a harmonica medley. All proceeds are being donated to survivors and families of the victims of the attacks. Winston is working on a solo piano album of Doors covers, tentatively titled "The Night Divides the Day" and due sometime next year.
Meanwhile, singer/songwriter James Taylor has recorded a new version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and has made it available for streaming download at Windowsmedia.com. The track, which first appeared in the 1944 Judy Garland-starring film "Meet Me in St. Louis," will also appear on Taylor's next Columbia album, due next spring.
"In the movie, Judy Garland sings it for her little sister who's sad because the family can't be together for the holidays," Taylor said in a statement. "It's a simple sweet message: 'just get through the hard times at hand and there'll be better days ahead.' I've always loved the song and I'm happy to have finally recorded it."