George Winston at the Kauffman Center on December 12

Pianist George Winston returning to the Kauffman Center as part of the 2018-2019 Kauffman Center Presents series

One of the most recognized solo pianists in the world will perform on Dec. 12 in Helzberg Hall

On sale 4/13

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Kansas City, MO – The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has announced that pianist George Winston will perform at the Kauffman Center on December 12 in Helzberg Hall, returning after his successful engagement in 2016. This event is part of the 2018-2019 Kauffman Center Presents series and is presented in partnership with Nitelite Promotions.

Inspired by the seasons and topographies, Winston’s concerts feature a variety of styles including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano. For his concerts, Winston performs songs from his seasonal favorites AUTUMNDECEMBERWINTER INTO SPRING, and SUMMER, as well as Peanuts pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums LINUS & LUCY – THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI and LOVE WILL COME – THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOL. 2. He has released 14 solo piano albums since 1972, including his latest album released in March 2017 titled SPRING CAROUSEL – A CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT.

Tickets for this event range from $27 to $57 plus applicable fees and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at


George Winston brings his stunning brand of solo piano to audiences of all ages. Winston grew up mainly in Montana, spending his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. His musical influences from instrumental rock and instrumental R&B include Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & the MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, blues and rock, especially The Doors, Winston began playing organ in 1967. In 1971, he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, Winston also came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. His main influences currently are the New Orleans R&B pianists Professor Longhair, James Booker and Henry Butler.

Since 1986, Winston has been raising money for food banks and service organizations in every community he visits while on tour. Attendees of his Kauffman Center performance are invited to support a local food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. There will be collection baskets at the entrances.

Learn more about George Winston on his website.


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