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Award winning pianist coming to The Smith

Best-selling recording artist, composer and concert performer Jim Brickman will perform at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7 at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. Doors open at 6:45.Reserved tickets to this special event go on sale April 11 at noon. They are $45 and $35. There are also a limited number of $75 VIP tickets which include a year-long membership in Brickman’s fan club and a “meet & greet” with the artist after the concert. All tickets include a $2 restoration fee for the historic 1894 theatre.Jim Brickman revolutionized the sound of Adult Contemporary music with his pop-style solo piano and the romantic popular song. His musical style offers a relaxing getaway from the often hectic demands of everyday life.Brickman’s career includes six Gold and Platinum selling albums, three #1 and twelve Top 10 Adult Contemporary radio hits, consistent debuts at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s New Age chart, a Grammy nomination in 2003, SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” award, a Canadian Country Music Award for “Best Vocal/ Instrumental Collaboration,” a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association for “The Gift.”Along with his career highlights, Brickman’s best-known compositions include the chart-toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” and “Peace.” In November 2005, he held the top three spots on Billboard’s New Age chart for his albums “The Disney Songbook,” “Grace” and “Greatest Hits.” Jim has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists including Martina McBride, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Pam Tillis, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond and Olivia Newton-John.Taking his popular live concerts to more than 125 cities each year, Brickman has received international acclaim as a concert performer. Recently, he performed on his second sold-out Jim Brickman Valentine Cruise, a unique event that has become an annual favorite.A strong supporter of Public Broadcasting, Brickman has taped three concert specials for that network, which include “Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom — The Disney Songbook” (2005), “My Romance, An Evening With Jim Brickman” (2000) and “Love Songs and Lullabies” (2002).He has been equally successful in other artistic endeavors, including a weekly syndicated radio show, “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman,” heard locally, Sundays on WNYR, and two best-selling books of essays, “Simple Things” and “Love Notes: 101 Lessons from the Heart.” Brickman performed at ABC’s “Gala for the President at Ford’s Theatre,” was music correspondent for NBC’s “Today,” and hosted the A&E special “Winter Solstice on Ice.”Tickets may be purchased at The Smith box office and by calling 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll free 1-866-355-LIVE (5483) weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Smith accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets are also available online at www.TheSmith.org.

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