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The Jim Brickman Experience Returns!

How would you like to meet a legendary pianist?

Well, thanks to a special partnership between Gist Piano Center and Roland, you can have a chance to do JUST THAT!

Pianist Jim Brickman
Five-time platinum-selling pianist, songwriter and radio host, Jim Brickman, is the best selling solo pianist of our time and – as part of his “A Joyful Christmas” tour – he is coming to Frankfort, Kentucky for a lighthearted evening of live music, stories and Holiday family fun.  Jim will perform at The Grand Theater in Frankfort on Monday, December 18 at 7:30pmTickets are on sale now with prices from $45-$65 per person.  Joining Jim for this magical evening of music will be long-time friend, radio co-host and soulful vocalist, Anne Cochran.  If you haven’t seen Anne and Jim perform together, you are in for a treat!  Finally, international violin sensation, Mr. Tracy Silverman, will bring his electrifying talents to the stage with an unbelievable repertoire of music adapted for the six-string electric violin.  The BBC calls Silverman “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” and with good reason.  This trio of musicians will delight music lovers of all ages and tastes.  What better way to get your family into The Christmas Spirit?

…and – as a special perk exclusively for Gist Piano Center’s Partners In Education members – PIE teachers, students and their families are invited to a private sound check and “meet and greet” with Jim!  Here’s how it works:

Jim Brickman with Fan

  1. Make sure your piano teacher is a current member of our Partners In Education program.
  2. Purchase your “A Joyful Christmas” tickets from The Grand Theater.
  3. Take a cell phone photo of your tickets and email it to info@gistpianocenter.com
  4. Include “Jim Brickman Experience” in the subject line of your email.
  5. Gist Piano Center will email you back with a special pass (one per ticket) for the sound check and “meet and greet” experience.

Christmas is coming up fast, so get your tickets now and get ready for The Jim Brickman Experience!

The Jim Brickman Experience is sponsored by Roland Corporation, US. and Gist Piano Center.

 

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Gist Launches NEW “Rack and Roll” Print Music Program

Thanks to the incredible success of our Print Music Fire Sales last month, we’re proud to announce that we’ve invested THOUSANDS of dollars into a new program that will make finding piano music at Gist even more fun!

Gist Piano Center has partnered with Hal-Leonard (the World’s largest print music publishing company) to launch a new program called “Rack and Role!”  This new program will allow us to refresh our music throughout the year automatically – ensuring that you always have something new and exciting to explore at Gist Piano Center!

Better yet, we’ll have access to cutting-edge music by some of your favorites, like:

  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Bieber
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Yiruma
  • Hamilton
  • Chicago
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Finding Dory
  • The Muppets
  • La La Land
  • Sesame Street
  • Pirates of the Carribean
  • Adele
  • Star Wars
  • Wicked
  • The Piano Guys
  • The Avengers
  • Journey Through the Classics
  • Faber Pre-Time – Big-Time Library
  • Schirmer Classical Portfolios
  • Faber Achievement Skill Sheets
  • …and MUCH, MUCH more!

Come in now and check out the HUNDREDS of new books in each of our stores!  …and, teachers, don’t forget to fill out a 2017 Teaching Materials Questionnaire so we can make sure we always have the stuff you need.

Gist Piano Center is your best source for Print Music both IN-STORE and ONLINE!  Don’t forget you can also order your favorite books from us ONLINE!  Here are the links you need:

As always, we thank you for your love and support.  Come “Rack and Roll” with us this Spring!

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Sign Up to Play LIVE ON STAGE with Jim Brickman!

brickman-fbAttention, Piano Teachers!

If you’re a member of our Partners In Education Program and you have students between the ages of 10 and 18 who can play a Christmas song or a Jim Brickman song, you will want to pay close attention to this blog.  Your students could win the unbelievable opportunity to perform with five-time platinum-selling pianist, Jim Brickman – LIVE ON STAGE!

Read more about the program by clicking here.

[UPDATE] Signups are closed now, but we have a wonderful selection of students who will perform for Jim on Saturday, November 5.  The program will begin at 10am and run until about noon.

Jim is looking for a great performance, original ideas and features from The Roland LX-17 included in the performance.  The song must be a Christmas song or a Jim Brickman tune.  If you’d like to schedule a private coaching session in Louisville with James before November 5, contact him at 502-451-1831 x200.  James is available this week from 10am – 6pm (except for Tuesday).

Jim will chose one or two students to perform with him… but all performers will get to meet Jim in person and will have a wonderful, uplifting experience.  Don’t let YOUR kids miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime memory!

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The Jim Brickman Experience of a Lifetime!

Have you ever dreamed of performing LIVE with a legendary pianist?

Well, thanks to a special partnership between Gist Piano Center and Roland, you can win a chance to do JUST THAT!
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Five-time Platinum-selling pianist and songwriter, Jim Brickman, is coming to Louisville this Holiday Season and we’re offering members of our Partners In Education program the experience of a lifetime!

Jim is bringing his LIVE concert event “Comfort and Joy” to The Brown Theater on Tuesday, December 20.  All PIE students (and their family members) who purchase tickets to this show may register with James at Gist Piano Center to attend a special PRIVATE sound check with Jim!

Better yet – If you are a current member of PIE  – between the ages of 10 and 18, AND you can perform a Holiday song or a Jim Brickman tune – then you may audition for an opportunity to perform LIVE – ON STAGE with Jim Brickman!

To audition for this experience of a lifetime, have your teacher contact James at Gist Piano Center.  Auditions will occur on Saturday, November 5 at Gist Piano Center in Louisville.  A MAXIMUM of 50 students will be allowed to audition and Jim will select one or two students to perform with him LIVE at his December 20th show!lx-17-1

Students will audition on the all-new Roland LX-17 digital piano and judges will evaluate performances based on technique, interpretation and the creative use of the Roland LX-17.  Each student will schedule at least two practice sessions on the Roland piano prior to the audition.  All students must complete a registration form, provide proof of print music purchase (no photocopies allowed) and have a signed media release form to audition.  Winners will be announced on Gist Piano Center Louisville’s Facebook page.

Don’t miss this incredible chance to meet one of the World’s favorite pianists!  The Jim Brickman Experience of a Lifetime is sponsored by Roland and Gist Piano Center.

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New App Makes Roland Digital Pianos Even Better

Roland Piano Partner 2 App

Roland’s FREE “Piano Partner” app is available now for iOS and Android devices.  Click photo for details.

Last weekend, Roland introduced the highly-anticipated sequel to their wildly popular “Piano Partner” app:  Piano Partner 2… and we couldn’t love it more.

Unlike the original Piano Partner, Piano Partner 2 is available for BOTH iOS devices (like the iPad) and Android devices.  Also, unlike the previous app, Piano Partner 2 connects to the piano wirelessly via Bluetooth (instead of the quirky and less reliable WIFI technology featured in the previous app).  These two upgrades alone would be praise-worthy, but the biggest news is what the new app does!  Like Piano Partner, Piano Partner 2 allows compatible Roland Digital Piano Owners to change the sounds on their piano or play on-board songs with a simple pp2-rhythmstouch of the tablet screen.  Users can adjust the playback speed, mute one or both hands, and play along with metronome or customized accompaniment.  Also like the previous app, Piano Partner 2 includes a powerful flashcards game that challenges the player with either note recognition or ear training skills at a variety of experience levels.  NEW to Piano Partner 2, however, is the Rhythms feature.  With Rhythms, Piano Partner 2 users can build their piano skills with intelligent accompaniments that follow the chords you play.

…and the best part?  Piano Partner 2 is FREE.

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