For Immediate Release
December 21, 2016Contact: James Harding, Director of Sales and Marketing
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Louisville Piano Students Perform LIVE, On-Stage with Piano Legend Jim Brickman
LOUISVILLE, KY – December 20, 2016 – After two months of practice and two hours of intense auditioning, two Kentucky piano students won the right to appear LIVE on-stage with legendary pianist, Jim Brickman, as part of the “Comfort and Joy” tour – which opened at The Brown Theater on December 20th. Myah Bagshaw (14) and Daniel Bronfman (11) performed Holiday songs during the show on a new Roland LX-17 digital piano as part of “The Jim Brickman Experience of a Lifetime” – a student outreach and audition program sponsored by Gist Piano Center, The Brickhouse Network and Roland Corporation, U.S.
Several other local piano students performed on a new Roland piano in the Brown Theater lobby before the show and during intermission as part of this event. “Gist Piano Center and Roland have worked together for years to build a musical future for Louisville,” said Hannah Gist. “We’re thrilled to have this incredible opportunity to partner with an artist of Jim Brickman’s caliber and share the magic of making music with his enthusiastic audience.”
The “Jim Brickman Experience of a Lifetime” began in November with 20 local piano students between the ages of 10 and 18 auditioning for Mr. Brickman at a private event in Gist Piano Center’s recital Hall. Each student participant received personal feedback from Mr. Brickman as well as an autographed photo and a copy of his Comfort and Joy CD. Student participants were also invited to record their songs on the Roland piano and have those performances aired on Jim Brickman’s radio station during the Holidays. Brickman personally selected Bronfman and Bagshaw to perform with him LIVE, on-stage during his Louisville Concert.
“This kind of event is exactly why we created our Partners In Education program,” said Gist. “We want to give these kids the kinds of experiences that ignite their passion for music and give them incredible stories to share with their friends. …and there is nothing more incredible than getting to say ‘I played with Jim Brickman!’”
The 2016 holiday season takes 5x platinum-selling pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman (www.jimbrickman.com) to cities across North America for his Comfort and Joy holiday tour. Jim Brickman and his special guests performed in Louisville on Tuesday, December 20, at The Brown Theater. Jim Brickman’s Comfort and Joy Tour created a musical celebration to put everybody in a festive frame of mind. The tour was produced by JMB Tours and the Brad Simon Organization.
Thousands of audience members return year after year for the joy and spirit of Jim Brickman’s Christmas concerts. In an unforgettable celebration of music, laughter and memories, Jim’s concert has become a family tradition and part of many homecoming celebrations. “When you imagine Christmas and the days leading up to the big morning, chances are holiday music is the soundtrack in your mind.” Brickman says. “My favorite music of all time is written for the holiday season. How fitting that throughout the season celebrating peace on earth goodwill to men, we will be spreading cheer on the Comfort and Joy Tour.”
For more information about Jim Brickman’s national tour or to sample his latest album release, Comfort & Joy: The Sweet Sounds of Christmas, visit www.jimbrickman.com.
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ABOUT JIM BRICKMAN: From jingle writer to “America’s Romantic Piano Sensation,” Jim has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star studded vocal collaborations. Jim’s lineup of collaborations with many gifted musical artists include: Martina McBride, Gerald Levert, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Pam Tillis, Michael Bolton, Sara Evans, Donny Osmond and Olivia Newton-John.
Since the release of his debut album “No Words” in 1994, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has defined him as a marquis among contemporary instrumental hit makers. His signature style of playing and songwriting has also brought him six Gold and Platinum selling albums, 26 charted adult radio hits, a Grammy nod in 2003, two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association and continues to be the most charted Adult Contemporary artist of the decade.
Along with honorable awards and chart topping hits Jim has released two best selling books Simple Things and Love Notes, the host of his own weekly syndicated radio show Your Weekend with Jim Brickman and the creator of Brickhouse direct, an on-line marketing, website-design and fulfillment business, which creates websites and offers marketing tools to the entertainment industry for artists like Michael W. Smith, Dave Koz, Steve Tyrell, Green Hill Music, and Concord Music Group.
GIST PIANO CENTER began in 1971 as a small piano repair shop on Preston Highway in Louisville. Today, Gist Piano Center is Kentucky’s only local, family-owned, full-service piano firm and the area’s only authorized Steinway & Sons representative. A full refinishing, repair, and rebuilding service center, Gist services nearly 4000 Kentuckiana pianos per year. Gist is also the exclusive piano service provider for such iconic organizations as the Singletary Center, the Kentucky Center for the Arts , and the Lexington Philharmonic. Gist also provides recital facilities and a full print music department to educators across Kentucky and online at www.gistpianocenter.com.