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Pianist Jim Brickman performs romantic classics Jan. 28 at North Central College

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Contemporary pianist Jim Brickman delivers an early celebration of Valentine’s Day with “An Evening of Romance” Jan. 28 at North Central College.

Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. Since the release of his debut album “No Words” in 1994, Brickman’s signature flair has distinguished him among best-selling solo piano artists.

“An Evening of Romance” with Jim Brickman begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $50 and $45; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

A native of Cleveland, Brickman began playing piano at age 5 and studied music at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Before receiving international acclaim as a concert performer, he founded his own advertising music company in 1980, writing commercial jingles for such advertisers as McDonald’s, Pontiac and Kellogg’s.

The transition to performing brought Brickman numerous accomplishments. His signature style of playing and songwriting has earned him two Grammy nods, six gold and platinum albums and 30 charted adult radio hits. His best-known compositions include the chart-toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.” He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists, including Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Herb Alpert and Olivia Newton-John.

In November 2011 Brickman releases two new albums: “Romanza,” a collection of Italian-inspired original love songs, and “All Is Calm,” peaceful traditional carols celebrating the Christmas season.

Brickman has received top honors with two SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers) Songwriter of the Year awards, a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association and a current shared record for the most No. 1 albums on Billboard’s New Age chart. Visit jimbrickman.com to learn more.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

11-01-2011