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Jim Brickman brings 'The Magic of Christmas' to Toledo

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Grammy nominee Jim Brickman performed yesterday at the Stranahan Theater as part of his Christmas tour.

His Sunday afternoon show drew an appreciative crowd. Toledo was only one stop on his “The Magic of Christmas” tour. Touring at Christmas time has become second nature for the 51 year old pianist. The Cleveland area native has now been part of eighteen holiday tours.

He was joined on stage by Anne Cochran, who demonstrated her vocal range. The singer has literally grown up with Brickman as the two have known each other since high school. Also on stage in yesterday’s show were electric violinist Tracy Silverman and guitarist Luke McMaster. The ensemble performed a number of holiday tunes.

The show was in support of Brickman's latest CD, “The Magic of Christmas.” This CD has fifteen seasonal tunes and contains a personal highlight for Brickman. The legendary Johnny Mathis performed the song “Sending You a Little Christmas,” a song that Brickman penned. About recording with Mathis, Brickman recently told Billboard magazine, “It was surreal, and definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment.” Megan Hilty and Sandi Patty also lend their vocal talents on the CD. Recording his own vocals for a song is another personal highlight on the CD. Brickman sings “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” but he feels more comfortable allowing others to sing while he plays the piano. Over his two decade long career, he has collaborated with many vocalists including Rebecca Lynn Howard and Martina McBride.

Brickman’s show caps a festive season of fine performances in Toledo including concerts by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

If you missed Brickman’s show Sunday, you can still hear him since he also has a nationally syndicated radio show. Here in Toledo, listeners may catch “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” every Saturday. The show airs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WRVF, 101.5. You can also get a copy of “The Magic of Christmas” on Brickman’s website.

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