Most of pianist David Lanz's compositions aren't overly complicated, but each piece contains a vividly told story. The power and emotion in his playing are palpable, without being needlessly intricate or exaggerated, as his keystrokes paint a self-contained picture, often relaxing and reflective. Lanz, a Seattle-native who now resides in Pittsford, rose to prominence with his 1988 album "Cristofori's Dream," which stayed at No. 1 on Billboard's adult alternative/New Age charts for 27 weeks. He has since released more than 40 albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2000. On Thursday, September 11, Lanz will be joined by vocalist Kristin Amarie for a special duet performance at Kilbourn Hall. The two recently collaborated on Amarie's debut solo album, "Notes From a Journey."
David Lanz with Kristin Amarie will perform Thursday, September 11, at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs Street. 7 p.m. $48-$100. Proceeds to benefit the 2014 High Falls Film Festival. Brownpapertickets.com; Davidlanz.com.