By Jim Hagerty
When the Christmas season officially begins is still up for debate. For those who catch Jim Brickman at the Coronado this Friday, Nov. 20, the holidays will likely start the second the award-winning artist takes the stage. Brickman performs at 8 p.m.
What has become a Rockford holiday tradition, a Jim Brickman show is, according to the Cleveland native, more than a man at a piano singing seasonal favorites. Fans will hear Brickman’s Christmas tunes along with many of his contemporary hits. And he’s got plenty from which to choose. Friday’s performance will both entertain and help people during the bustle of the season.
“[We will] preserve the nostalgia with variety and provide an antidote for the holiday season chaos,” Brickman said, speaking of the collective high gear many find themselves in this time of year.
Joining Jim Brickman Friday will be Canadian crooner Mark Masri, violinist Tracy Silverman, instrumentalist Garrett Viggers, and fan favorite, female vocalist Anne Cochran.
“Fans love (Anne), especially in the Chicago area,” Brickman said.
Jim Brickman is touring to support his latest release, this year’s Beautiful World, his 21st studio album. The single, “Beautiful World (We’re All Here)” was at No. 14 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at press time. Brickman scored a No. 1 song with 2003’s “Sending You a Little Christmas,” off the Peace project. He’s sold millions of records and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003. Brickman is also the author of two books and hosts an adult contemporary radio show (Weekend with Jim Brickman) and has released three films for PBS, with a fourth in the works. Brickman has collaborated with the likes of fellow piano man Michael W. Smith, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John and a host of others.
Seeing a Jim Brickman concert for the first time may come with a slight surprise. Although he’s known for his stellar work as a pianist, who plays the occasional solo show, Brickman is quick to explain his live format and what it does not consist of.
“It’s not a piano recital,” he joked. “But I also don’t enter on a swing or are there any pyrotechnics. Our shows are very warm and romantic. They are meant to be theatrical, family experiences.”
Tickets are available by contacting the Coronado Performing Arts Center at (815) 968-0595 or visiting www.coronadopac.org. Preview Beautiful World at www.jimbrickman.com and www.myspace.com/jimbrickmanmusic.
The Coronado Performing Arts Center is at 314 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.
From the November 18-24, 2009 issue