Jim Brickman and Melissa Manchester bring musical magic to Potter Center

February 15, 2019

Music lovers will thrill to an evening with Jim Brickman and Melissa Manchester, coming to the Potter Center Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

Jim Brickman’s career has spanned over 20 years, and he has transformed the popularity of solo piano playing his original, pop-style instrumentals. The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time earning 21 Number One albums and 32 Top 20 Radio Singles in the industry bible, “Billboard Magazine.” He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the Canadian Country Music Award. He also has a music scholarship named for him by his alma mater, the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music.

Brickman’s star-studded vocal collaborations have crossed genres to feature luminaries like Martina McBride, Carly Simon, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Herb Alpert, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Loggins, Jane Krakowski, and a host of country, R&B, Broadway, pop, and jazz musicians. He is the host of the popular syndicated radio show: “The Jim Brickman Show.”

Joining him in concert is pop music star Melissa Manchester. This native New Yorker is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who also holds the distinction of being the first singer ever to have two Academy Award-nominated songs in the same year (“Through The Eyes Of Love” from Ice Castles and “I’ll Never Say Goodbye” from The Promise) and to perform them both in the same Oscar telecast. She is best known for her hits “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Manchester has thrilled musical theatre audiences with her leading roles in the national tours of “Song and Dance” and “Music of the Night,” and she developed a television following as Maddie, the mother of the title character on “Blossom.”

More than 25 years after Melissa Manchester released Tribute, her 1989 album that honored the great female singers who influenced her, she turns the tables with The Fellas, a radiant encomium to the men, including Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin, and the iconic songs they made famous.

Music lovers will enjoy this evening with two of the biggest names in adult contemporary music. Tickets are $45, $40 and $30 and may be purchased by calling the Potter Center Ticket Office, 517.796.8600, or online at www.jccmi.edu/pottercenter.