(SALISBURY, Conn.) – “Earth jazz” pioneer Paul Winter headlines a benefit concert, taking place in the converted boathouse of Salisbury resident Anne MacDonald, for the Great Barrington-based environmental magazine Orion, on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The intimate event will include drinks and hors d’oeuvres catered by Old Inn on the Green. Winter will play some of his most popular earlier work and feature new music composed for an ambitious project called Flyways, which traces the great bird migrations that begin in the Rift Valley of Africa and extend over the tumultuous Middle East and up into Europe and Asia.
Winter’s compositions, which draw inspiration from the natural world, accord well with Orion’s mission to explore the relationship between people and nature. Winter’s career has taken him to concert halls in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, led to a Grammy Award for his CD, Miho: Journey to the Mountain, and awakened in listeners a feeling for the plight of endangered species through the beauty of their sounds.
Now entering its fourth decade, Orion has won numerous awards for the exceptional quality of its writing, for its artistic design, and for exploring in depth the intersection of environmental and cultural issues. The magazine publishes narrative journalism, in-depth essays, fiction, poetry, as well as a wide variety of visual art and photography. Because it carries no advertising, Orion relies on grants and gifts for revenue to sustain its publications and programs.
Reservations and directions for the concert can be found by visiting Orion online or by calling 413.528.4422. Tickets to the event are $350 per person.