Jim Brickman To Perform At Reg Lenna Center For The Arts
As part of his Love Tour, American romantic pianist Jim Brickman is set to perform in Jamestown.
Brickman is set to take the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
According to Brickman, the Love Tour is meant to celebrate two things: love itself, and how it is represented in his music; as well as to celebrate his 20-year anniversary in the music business.
“I think it sort of encapsulates, stylistically, the tone of my music,” Brickman said. “Sometimes it has lyrics, sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s always of a hopeful and positive nature.”
Piano music may not necessarily be part of the collective mainstream, but after 20 years of performing, Brickman said he feels he has achieved a shared experience between himself and the audience.
“Music is experiential, so over time I feel like what I’ve accomplished is bringing music that is for life moments,” Brickman said. “To calm, soothe and heal, all of which are things that have an underlying tone that creates an experience for people. It doesn’t tell you how to feel, it’s unobtrusive, but it sets a tone and a mood for people.”
Because a lot of Brickman’s music is melodic and romantic, people use it for special moments that revolve around love, such as: weddings, giving birth and Christmas.
“It’s not only about romantic love, but all kinds of love,” Brickman said. “A lot of my songs that have become hits are the hopeful ones. There’s such a long list of these songs that have become popular, and are used in the context of love and romance.”
Examples of tunes that Brickman plays often during live performances include: “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things,” “Valentine” and “Peace.” The songs provide listeners with a platform for what Brickman hopes the audience takes away from the experience: joy, escape, light-hearted humor and intimacy, he said.
“It’s never a recital – it’s always a very hopeful, light-hearted experience that is conversational,” Brickman said. “I sing quite a bit in the show, so I do requests from the audience. I always do the hit songs because I feel that if you’re lucky enough to have them, you should play them in concert.”
Part of the experience also depends on the atmosphere, which is why Brickman is excited for the opportunity to take the stage at the historic Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, he said.
“When you perform in a place that’s known for it’s own beauty, it really makes a difference,” Brickman said.
For those who’d like to get a preview of Brickman’s work before seeing him live, he has hosted a radio show for the past 15 years which airs locally. “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” is an outlet for him to talk and share with others, he said. For more information, visit www.jimbrickman.com/RadioShow.
“I’m a naturally curious person, so I always like to ask people questions that I want to know about health, beauty, lifestyle, food and money,” Brickman said. “It’s sort of a magazine style show, with lots of great guests, conversation and also a lot of music as well.”
One could also opt to check out Brickman’s most recent album, “The Magic of Christmas,” which is his take on a number of holiday classics. Brickman said his favorite tunes on the album are the title track and “Sending You A Little Christmas.”
“I love this album because it’s nostalgic and it has icon Johnny Mathis singing on it. It was such an incredible experience having him sing on the album -what a thrill that was,” Brickman said. “I wanted a classic feel, something you could play in 1950, but also that you could play in 2020 and still have it resonate.”
Brickman said he is also currently working on a new greatest hits solo piano album that is slated to come out later this year, as well as a symphony album in for the fall.
Tickets to the Feb. 7 show start at $34.50, and can be ordered by calling 484-7070 or by visiting www.reglenna.com. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit www.jimbrickman.com.