Statement issued Thursday by the Embassy Theatre:
Fort Wayne IN – September 2011 - Jim Brickman’s A Christmas Celebration (www.JimBrickman.com) hits the road for the holiday season with an evening of dazzling solo piano, vibrant vocals, and the warmth and humor that has made this concert a seasonal tradition for the past fifteen years. The five-time Platinum-selling pianist and songwriter, with his special guests, perform in Fort Wayne on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre. The tour is produced by JMB Tours and the Brad Simon Organization.
Ticket prices are $65 (includes an after-concert meet & greet), $45, $35 and $25. Tickets are on sale Friday, September 9, at 10 a.m. at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Once again, sold-out audiences will experience the romance and spirit of the holidays in an unforgettable evening of music, laughter and memories. The concert will include dazzling solo piano, vibrant vocals with special musical guests, music from his newest albums All is Calm and Romanza, and all the warmth and humor of the season. Jim and his special guests, singers Anne Cochran and Benjamin Utecht, plus electric violinist Tracy Silverman, will blend fan favorites and seasonal classics with brand-new Brickman compositions.
“It’s my favorite time of year,” Jim says, “and celebrating across the country with fans and friends makes it that much more special.”
Thousands of audience members return year after year for the joy and spirit of Jim Brickman’s Christmas concerts. “When you imagine Christmas and the days leading up to the big morning, chances are holiday music is the soundtrack in your mind.” Brickman says. “My favorite music of all time is written for the holiday season. How fitting that throughout the season of celebrating peace on Earth and goodwill to all men, we will be spreading the cheer through music.”
For more information about Jim Brickman’s national tour, visit www.jimbrickman.com.
About Jim Brickman
Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations.
Since the release of his debut album No Words in 1994, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time. Brickman’s two new exclusive albums for Target Stores are set for release in November 2011: Romanza, a collection of Italian-inspired original love songs, and All Is Calm, peaceful traditional carols celebrating the Christmas season.
Brickman’s best-known compositions include the chart-toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.” He’s established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists: Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Michael W. Smith, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, and Olivia Newton-John.
His signature style has brought him six Gold and Platinum albums, 30 charted adult radio hits, and two Grammy nominations. He recently tied for most Number One albums on Billboard’s New Age chart, and he currently holds four of its Top 10 spots. Brickman received top honors with two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.
Brickman has been a strong supporter of PBS, starring in four TV concert specials: Beautiful World (2009), Jim Brickman Live from Disney’s Magic Kingdom (2005), My Romance—An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000) and Love Songs and Lullabies (2002).
A native of Cleveland, Brickman began playing piano at the age of five and studied music at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. He founded his own advertising music company in 1980, writing commercial jingles for such advertisers as McDonald’s, Pontiac and Kellogg’s.
Brickman has received international acclaim as a concert performer, taking his popular live concerts to more than 125 cities each year. His Jim Brickman Cruises have become an annual hot-ticket event. He’s teamed up with American Greetings, lending original music to create some of their best-selling e-Cards, and is also featured on StarGreetz, a new internet greeting phenomenon.
Other artistic endeavors include a popular weekly radio show, Your Weekend; two best-selling books, Simple Things and Love Notes; debuts at Carnegie Hall and the White House; and international touring from Spain to Thailand. Brickman lends a hand to many charitable foundations for children, including Autism Speaks, UNICEF and Camp Heartland. A scholarship was recently established in his name at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
About Benjamin Utecht
With a microphone in one hand and a Super Bowl ring on the other, Benjamin is making his touring debut with Jim Brickman in A Christmas Celebration. Since retiring from the National Football League in 2009, he has sung the National Anthem for both President Bush’s and at the Cincinnati Reds’ 2010 home opener. He’s had the honor of performing with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (conducted by the legendary Erich Kunzel), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Sandi Patty (gospel music’s most-awarded female artist of all time). Look for Benjamin’s holiday album, Christmas Hope, which will be released in October, 2011.
About Anne Cochran
Anne Cochran has had the good fortune to perform at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden, and her now-classic single “After All These Years” was a Top 5 hit. She has happily shared the stage with Jim Brickman, Collin Raye, Donny Osmond, Dave Koz, Tracy Silverman, Jeff Timmons, Kristy Starling, Mario Frangoulis, Michael Feinstein, Mike Eldred, Wayne Brady, Michael Bolton and Linda Eder.
About Tracy Silverman
Tracy Silverman has redefined the violin with his instantly recognizable trademark sound. Lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” the Juilliard graduate’s groundbreaking work with the six-string electric violin has forever transformed violin playing, much as Hendrix did with the electric guitar. Tracy produced and performs on Jim Brickman’s hit CDs Simple Things, Love Songs and Lullabies, Escape and Homecoming, and appeared on all four of Jim’s popular TV specials.