VAN WERT — Jim Brickman and Melissa Manchester will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 state Route 118 S, Van Wert.
Tickets are $45 to $65 at npacvw.org, 419-238-6722 or at the box office.
Courtesy of Niswonger Performing Arts Center:
Jim Brickman’s career has spanned over 20 years, and he is the best-selling solo pianist to date. Jim Brickman’s distinctive piano style and captivating live performances have revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music. 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.
Joining him on stage for this memorable Valentine’s Day delight is Melissa Manchester. Her career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. The Midnight Blue singer received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979 for the Peter Allen/ Carole Bayer Sager-penned Don’t Cry Out Loud, winning the Grammy in that category four years later for You Should Hear How She Talks About You. Manchester has also had her songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Kenny Loggins and many others. Two songs she performed, Through The Eyes Of Love and The Promise, were nominated for Oscars in the same year. She has written tunes for several other films including The Great Mouse Detective, Lady and the Tramp II, Dirty Girl, and Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls.