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Jim Brickman got his start writing advertising jingles in his hometown of Cleveland. “I mostly did regional stuff, for grocery stores and banks, the Ohio lottery. I thought it was really fun,” he told The News several years ago on a visit to Buffalo. “It also honed my skills at writing melody.”

Thank those jingles, then, for the calming New Age tunes that Brickman will be bringing to town Saturday when he joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of his hits including “If You Believe,” “Valentine,” “Simple Things” and “The Gift.” His clear, transparent piano playing has won him fans across all walks of life. It particularly soothes the stressed, and there is a reason for that. “I am one of those people,” Brickman said to The News. “I have trouble saying no, chilling out.”

Rafaelle Ponti will be the guest conducter. – Mary Kunz Goldman

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Jim Brickman and the BPO – When: 8 p.m. Saturday. Where: Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets: $27 – $74. Info: 885-5000