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Calming presence

Even if you have not heard the new Christmas CD by New Age pianist Jim Brickman, you have to admit that the title is genius. "All Is Calm," the disc is dubbed.

Surely few musicians are calmer than the Cleveland-born Brickman, whose tasteful, low-key piano stylings lend elegance to the field of adult contemporary music. He has released seven holiday albums, full of his simple, economical piano and laid-back singing.

Brickman's holiday tour, "A Christmas Celebration," promises to slow down anyone's hectic holidays. Joining him are guest vocalists Anne Cochran and Benjamin Utecht. There is also an electric violinist, Tracy Silverman.

Catch "A Christmas Celebration" at 7:30 tonight in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. Admission is $30-$50. For info, call 645-ARTS.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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