Season's Blessings! I am so grateful for each of you. Your loyal, enthusiastic encouragement continues to inspire me in my journey of creating and sharing music. Thank you sincerely!
Releasing a new CD is exhilarating! It's an exciting reminder that friends like you are still requesting music God gives me to share and that I still love composing and arranging songs for you to hear. I sure hope you'll enjoy the new CD, The Wonder of Christmas, a musical tapestry of piano orchestral arrangements and vocal music. I hope it helps to give you both peace and joy this holiday season as you reflect and rejoice in blessings too innumerable to count. It was a thrill to record with dynamic vocalist and dear friend Robert Robinson as he sang the story behind each vocal selection! I'm especially grateful for his powerfully passionate performance of "Amazing Grace, The Story of Christmas". I wrote new lyrics for this time-honored song to reveal God's story of grace from the birth of Christ to His reign upon resurrection. We hope you'll enjoy and share this Christmas collection with your family and friends, thank you so much!
So excited to see you and your guests at the Christmas concert and formal CD release of The Wonder of Christmas on Friday, December 13th, 7 PM at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN! Huge thanks to the many who have already purchased tickets! I'm thrilled to invite you to this spectacular Christmas celebration sparkling with your favorite festive and reflective songs of the season! Deeply honored to again share the stage with my guest vocalist, Robert Robinson, "The Pavorotti of Gospel", as described by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and always very excited to also feature a world class orchestral ensemble. Back again this year: DianeTremaine, cellist; Mark Henderson, woodwinds; Stephanie Allen, violinist and Justin Knoepfel, violist! New to our stage this Christmas: Mary Sorlie, violinist, and Elisa Knoepfel, oboist! Also welcoming back this year: The Trones Family Singers, my brother and sisters!
General admission tickets are $19 (guests 16 and under FREE) and may be purchased at www.marybethcarlson.com or by calling 952-934-2319. I truly hope to see you there!
what some Christmas Concert guests shared after last year's event:
"My husband and I attended your Spirit-filled Christmas concert last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your talent and the talent of others with our community. As always, Robert Robinson didn't disappoint, he has a sweet spirit and is the real deal!" (Pam)
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this year at places I perform. It's so exciting to receive calls and e-mails from those of you who invite me to speak and play the piano at venues in your community. We're booking a variety of events for the remainder of 2019 as well as 2020; concerts, women's events, retreats and conferences, fundraisers, church worship services, etc. Please visit our bookings page which provides information about what to expect during a concert, contact info and endorsements from previous event hosts. I'd greatly enjoy coming to your area for a special occasion!
Several inquire if we could ship CDs to friends and relatives for holiday gifts, birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. Include a note if you'd like me to personalize your gifts with autographed CDs and a special greeting. Please be sure to include the recipients' names and addresses along with titles of recordings you wish for them to have. If requested, we will ship your gift anywhere within the continental United States. Your product will be sent within 48 hours of receiving your order.
Blessings for a new and glorious season filled with wonder and amazement!