Jim Brickman and John Trones return to the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis for Christmas in the City with all of your favorite holiday tunes plus the Grammy-nominated Brickman hits. This one night only holiday concert event, presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust, celebrates the life and memory of pianist and recording artist Mary Beth Carlson while raising funds for multiple myeloma research at the International Myeloma Foundation.
Jim Brickman is the best-selling solo pianist of our time, earning 21 number one albums, 32 Top 20 radio hits, and two Grammy nominations. His first album release was 1995’s No Words, and he’s gone on to sell eight million albums worldwide. His star-studded vocal collaborations have crossed genres to feature luminaries like Martina McBride, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, and Kenny Loggins amongst many others. He’s written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is in the 22nd season of hosting the popular syndicated radio show: The Jim Brickman Show.
Actor, musician, recording artist, and Minnesota native John Trones has become a fan favorite to Jim Brickman audiences, and frequently tours the US and Asia with his own brand of romantic vocals and lush crooner ballads, having just recently returned from a tour in Singapore and Jakarta with Brickman. Trones has soloed in performances with major symphony orchestras around the world, including the national tour of Yesterday Once More – A Musical Tribute to the Carpenters. He has recorded seven best-selling pop albums, including four albums of Christmas favorites, as well as his latest release, On a Night Like This.
John Trones is proud to dedicate this concert performance to his sister Mary Beth Carlson, who passed away due to complications from multiple myeloma in May of 2021 after a courageous battle. Over a span of 27 years, Mary Beth Carlson recorded a total of 29 albums and performed in hundreds of concerts. Mary Beth presented an inspiring message of hope and encouragement with stories that influenced her original compositions and defining experiences that strengthened her journey through faith. Much of her original music was inspired by her daughter Jody, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism. Mary Beth wrote and performed music for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, International Special Olympics, Arc, Fraser Community Services, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Alzheimer’s Association, and Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry, Joni and Friends. MBC Productions, Mary Beth, and her husband Kent’s music company distributed her albums throughout the United States. Today, Mary Beth’s music has a worldwide distribution through several streaming services.
Proceeds from Christmas in the City will be donated to the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). Founded in 1990, IMF is the first and largest global organization focusing specifically on multiple myeloma. The IMF’s reach extends to more than 525,000 members in 140 countries worldwide. The IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure through our four founding principles: Research, Education, Support, and Advocacy.
Special guest artists include Minnesota Music Hall of Fame inductee and Jazz/R&B vocalist Patty Peterson; Minnesota songwriter, recording artist and guitarist Troy Norton; celebrated Minnesota Sinfonia and Minnesota Orchestra cellist Diane Tremaine; and arranger/conductor/music director and pianist David Lohman!