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Jim Brickman and John Trones bring Christmas in the City to Minneapolis on Monday, Dec. 12 at the historic Pantages Theatre

September 19, 2022

The holiday concert benefits the International Myeloma Foundation in memory of well-known pianist and recording arts Mary Beth Carlson

MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 19, 2022) — Hennepin Theatre Trust announced that Jim Brickman and John Trones will return to the historic Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) in Christmas in the City, on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., with all of your favorite holiday tunes plus the Grammy-nominated Brickman hits. The holiday concert event, presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust, celebrates the life and memory of pianist, recording artist and sister to John Trones, Mary Beth Carlson while raising funds for multiple myeloma research at the International Myeloma Foundation.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis), by calling (800) 982-2787 or by

Monday Dec. 12 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theatre $39, $59, $79

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 its four founding principles: Research, Education, Support and Advocacy. Special guest artists for this holiday event include world class Jazz/R&B vocalist and radio personality, Patty Peterson and Minnesota Sinfonia principal cellist, Diane Tremaine.

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 U.S. 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, a well-known and celebrated composer, pianist, recording artist, writer and motivational speaker, 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.

In addition, Mary Beth performed an annual holiday concert here in the Twin Cities for more than 20 years. The former Teacher of the Year was also the Lead Pianist at Nordstrom in the Mall of America for nearly 15 years, she managed piano entertainment for most of those years.

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.

Married for 45 years to her husband Kent, they raised three daughters and reside in Eden Prairie, MN. They immensely enjoy spending time with their nine grandchildren. She was much beloved

Founded in 1990, the International Myeloma Foundation (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.

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at

Heart of Hennepin – celebrating 100 years of the Hennepin Theatre District
To honor the centennial, Hennepin Theatre Trust is kicking off a yearlong celebration for the Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres, along with The Hennepin event center and 824 Hennepin, home to the Brave New Workshop comedy theatre. This year-long centennial celebration honors the history of the Hennepin Theatre District and looks ahead to what the future holds for the arts, the Trust and downtown neighbors.

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.