On his current tour, popular pianist George Winston draws selections largely from his latest release, Linus & Lucy -- The Music of Vince Guaraldi. The album is a tribute to Guaraldi, the late jazz pianist who wrote the scores for the first sixteen Peanuts cartoon TV specials. "Vince's music is very much a part of the fabric of American culture," Winston comments. "It generates joy, warmth, and humor." Upon its release in 1996, Linus & Lucy reached No. 55 on the Billboard Top 200 Pop Albums chart. In addition to the Guaraldi pieces, Winston performs songs from his seasonal, rural folk-piano albums in a tribute to fall and winter. "Everything I do musically comes from the seasons," claims Winston. "That's the whole undercurrent of everything I visualize as I play or listen to music." The 7:30 p.m. concert is at the Carefree Theatre, located at 2000 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $19.75. Call 561-966-3309.
A concert engagement by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra couldn't come at a more celebratory time for the group, whose homeland marks its 50th year of independent statehood in 1998. In two performances under the baton of music director and conductor Zubin Mehta, the orchestra presents a program featuring Richard Strauss' Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. Tonight's concert also includes Mozart's Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 (Jupiter) and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. In addition to the Strauss work, a January 15 matinee concert includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 (Eroica) and a piece by contemporary Israeli composer Tzvi Avni entitled Communion. Both performances will be held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets for either performance cost $25. Call 800-572-8471 or 561-832-7469.