Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

America’s Romantic Piano Sensation JIM BRICKMAN Plays An Evening of Romance, Feb. 18

JANUARY 24, 2012

Valentine’s Day just got a little sweeter. America’s romantic piano sensation Jim Brickman makes his Philadelphia debut at the Merriam Theater with a program entitled An Evening of Romance on February 18, 2012 at 8pm. The best selling solo piano artist of our time, Jim Brickman performs a special concert featuring his beloved hits “Valentine,” “Love of My Life,” “The Gift,” “If You Believe,” and “Never Alone,” as well as his own compositions from his latest album, Romanza, a collection of Italian-inspired original love songs.

 

Songwriter-composer Jim Brickman has entertained fans since 1994 with his warm stage presence and piano recitals of love songs, which elicit the likes of luminaries Burt Bacharach and Quincy Jones. In January 2012, he commanded the top three spots on the Billboard New Age chart. Although Brickman’s albums are classified under the New Age genre, his signature style of playing and songwriting features the diversity of pop style instrumentals and starry vocal performances.

 

Tickets for Jim Brickman: An Evening of Romance are available at $35 to $55, and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office located on Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia (open daily from 10am to 6pm, later on performance evenings).

 

Since his debut album No Words in 1994, he has released over 25 albums of piano music, featuring a prolific number of original compositions in addition to arrangements of numerous hymns and holiday songs. Brickman has been honored with two Grammy nominations, six Gold and Platinum albums, and 30 charted adult radio hits, and has received two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association. His albums feature collaborations with such noted vocalists as Martina McBride, Gerald Levert, Lady Antebellum, Matt Giraud, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Sara Evans, Donny Osmond, and Olivia Newton-John.

 

A pianist since the age of five, Brickman graduated from the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music and got his start writing commercial jingles for companies including McDonald’s, Pontiac, and Kellogg’s. After finding success composing advertisements from everything from kitty litter and bug spray to cars and fast food, he realigned his musicianship to focus on people instead of products, revolutionizing the sound of solo piano in the process. Even today, Brickman’s music can be heard on some of American Greetings’ best-selling e-Cards to date.

 

Brickman’s devoted and ever-growing fan base includes women of all ages in addition to the men who accompany them to Brickman’s concerts.  He has performed at venerable institutions such as the White House to Carnegie Hall, and annually in more than 125 cities around the world. In addition to popular live performances, he has starred in four PBS concert specials and hosts a weekly national radio show, Your Weekend with Jim Brickman (Brickhouse Radio Network), which features music, celebrity interviews, and entertainment news. Brickman also supports several charitable foundations for children including Autism Speaks, UNICEF, and Camp Heartland.

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Kimmel Center, Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Kimmel Center, Inc.’s mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming. The 2011/2012 season is sponsored by Citi. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.

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