Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Brickman exudes warmth


Singer plans show to feature holidays

By Jason Nebel
The Cincinnati Enquirer

If you listen to Warm 98 you've heard a Jim Brickman song. The adult contemporary station plays his love ballads "Valentine" and "Love of My Life" in constant rotation.

[photo] Jim Brickman says he might launch into a Sesame Street tribute or a Charlie Brown medley during his concert at the Aronoff Center.
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You've probably seen him on TV as well. Mr. Brickman's concerts air on public television; My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman and Love Songs & Lullabies are pledge period staples.

And he tours, performing close to 100 concert dates a year with Donny Osmond, for example, or Dave Koz, Jane Krakowski or Clay Crosse. He says it's a constantly evolving show.

Mr. Brickman brings his "Love Songs & Lullabies Holiday Tour" to the Aronoff Center Fridayand will sign CDs at Borders in Springdale on Saturday. We recently reached him by phone at home in Los Angeles between tour stops to ask him a couple of questions.

Question: What is your holiday show like?

IF YOU GO
What: Jim Brickman Holiday Concert
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center.
Tickets: $30-$40 at Ticketmaster outlets, phone (513) 562-4949 and online at www.ticketmaster.com
There's more: "Breakfast with Jim Brickman" mini-concert and CD signing 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Borders Books & Music Tri-County, 671-5852.
Answer: It's mostly about warmth. The staging is simple, with light projection images of snowflakes, ornaments and winter scenes. I've never wanted my holiday show to be, like, come to the Christmas extravaganza with Jim Brickman. I feel it's important to keep the integrity of what I do and focus on the intimacy of the experience, especially during a season of such beauty.

Q: What will you perform?

A: It's basically a half-and-half hits slash holiday music show. I always feel it's important when people are coming to see me that I don't play an entire concert of other people's music because that sort of defeats the purpose.

Q: What kind of holiday songs can we expect to hear?

A: I prefer lesser-known hymns or reworkings of soulful classics such as "O Holy Night" to pop Christmas songs.

Q: Who's on tour with you?

A: Anne Cochran (his longtime vocal collaborator) and electric violinist Tracy Silverman.

Q: Any surprises in store for the Aronoff audience?

A: I am including a patriotic medley. It includes songs such as "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful," but also has Tracy using the violin like an electric guitar doing Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. It's very unexpected.

Or I may launch into a Sesame Street tribute, which kids in the audience love. Or do a Charlie Brown Christmas medley to add a note of nostalgia.

Q: What about the Saturday event at Borders?

A: Borders has been a big supporter of mine, and I sell a ton of CDs there. So I'm doing this Q&A-request things at a lot of their stores. . . . It's a great way to meet and talk with my fans."

E-mail jnebel@enquirer.com




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