The series features four new stars throughout the season. Others
will be Over the Rhine, Mountain Heart and Carrie Rodriguez.
Fitzsimmons, whose music has been featured on popular TV series
"Grey's Anatomy," "Brothers & Sisters" and "One Tree Hill," has been
likened to Bon Iver, Iron & Wine and Sufjan Stevens. He recently
released his fifth album, "Gold in the Shadow" (2011).
Fitzsimmons did not always plan to be a professional musician. He
worked as a psychotherapist for several years. Following the breakup
of his parents' marriage and, later, his own, he returned to his
musical roots to cope.
Fitzsimmons started to use songwriting to work through his
personal problems, recording songs from home that would eventually
become his debut album. Born to blind parents, Fitzsimmons grew up
with an appreciation for creating and listening to music, absorbing
his mother's folk records and learning piano at a young age. He has
since taught himself how to play guitar, banjo, melodica, ukulele
Now, Fitzsimmons is equal parts songwriter and psychotherapist,
blending acoustic and electronic elements with autobiography to
create rich folk music.
Discussing his mother's folk albums, Fitzsimmons tells National
Public Radio: "A lot of those artists could make you feel something
very, very saliently without hitting you in the face with volume or
anything like that. They use their words and sweet melodies and
things like that. I try to emulate that as appropriately as I can."
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Tickets for William Fitzsimmons and all 2012-13 BCPA events are
now on sale and can be purchased online at
by calling the box office at 309-434-2777 or toll-free at
866-686-9541. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office during
the regular 10 a.m.-6 p.m. business hours.
At a glance:
Event: William Fitzsimmons at
Date, time: Thursday, Sept. 27,
Price: $20 general admission
or toll-free 866-686-9541
At box office:
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Reopened two hours before curtain
Location: 600 N. East St., Bloomington
[Text from news release from
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts]