Front-Row Seat: ‘A Joyful Christmas’ with Jim Brickman

“People are in a very different place during the holidays,” said Jim Brickman. “They look forward to gathering, to celebrating, to going out and taking in entertainment. There’s simply a positive feeling.”

The pianist, composer, recording artist, radio host and vocalist has shared that positive feeling with the greater Rochester audience many a time over the years — he reckons he’s brought his holiday concerts to the Auditorium Theatre on Rochester’s Main Street at least 10 times. And Brickman and friends will be back again at that venue next week, playing the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 as part of his 22nd annual holiday tour, titled “A Joyful Christmas.”

Joining him on stage for carols, classic holiday tunes and some original songs will be some faces, voices and talents familar to Brickman fans: singer/songwriters Anne Cochran and Luke McMaster and violinist Tracy Silverman, frequent Brickman collaborators, among them.

“For us, Rochester is such a wonderul place to come back to. … There’s always a nice feeling, and a nice relationship with Western New York for me,” Brickman said.

As with last year, when he recorded “Christmas Where You Are” with the band Five for Fighting — a song honoring troops serving around the world during the holidays — Brickman has recorded a new holiday single, this one the jubilant and celebratory “Raise a Glass,” considerably lighter in tone than last year’s.

“I’m primarily a songwriter — that’s how I self-describe,” Brickman said. “I think it’s a songwriter’s role, to reflect a feeling that you want to have out there. At this time in the world especially, I wanted to do something that was just joyful, fun, an escape. Give thanks for the past, celebrate what’s ours now — I just wanted it to be fun.”

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