Pianist Jim Brickman performs Mother's Day Concert


3 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2012
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Ticket: $65, $45, $35
Image: Jim BrinkmannRomantic piano stylings set the mood for Mother's Day when the best-selling pianist, songwriter, and pop instrumentalist Jim Brickman performs at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Tickets are: $65 (which includes a VIP reception with the artist); $45, and $35. Media sponsor is Fairfield Magazine.

Since the release of his debut album No Words in 1994, Jim Brickman's original instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations have revolutionized the sound of solo piano, making him one of the best-selling solo piano artists in contemporary music. 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'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 most recent release, Romanza, is a collection of Italian-inspired original love songs.

Jim 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. 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).

Other artistic endeavors include a popular weekly radio show, Your Weekend; two best-selling books, Simple Thingsand 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. A native of Cleveland, Jim 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.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.fairfield.edu/quick.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/quick.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on May 3, 2012

Vol. 44, No. 290