It’s beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas! “Iowa’s Own Pianist,” Jim McDonough, and his orchestra and singers are set to tour the state this holiday season with a sensational all-new production show benefitting
Camp Courageous of Iowa. Tickets for the tour are on sale now. This spectacular holiday stage production —new for 2017 — features acclaimed International Steinway Concert and Recording Artist, Jim McDonough at a concert grand piano, his 14-piece orchestra, a cast of singers and dancers, elaborate sets and costumes and the true spirit of the season.
The tour will deliver the message of Christmas in a production perfect for all generations. “We’re capping off my fifteenth year of touring the grandest ‘Holiday Grande’ yet,” McDonough says. “It’s elegant, it’s exciting, it’s filled with spectacular musical arrangements, and it benefits a wonderful organization.”
For the past 11 years, McDonough’s holiday tour has benefitted Camp Courageous of Iowa, a year-round respite and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The “Holiday Grande 2017” tour encompasses shows in some of Iowa’s most beautiful venues:
• Ottumwa – Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2:30 p.m. at the Bridge View Theatre
• Des Moines – Sunday, Nov. 26, at 2:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place
• Dubuque – Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater
• Cedar Rapids – Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre
• Cedar Falls – Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Perf. Arts Center
Tickets for all venues are on sale now. For more information, call 800-375-7095 or visit www.PianoFavorites.com.
After stints as a high school band director, cruise ship entertainer and air-traffic controller, Monticello native, Jim McDonough, began selling his distinctive brand of soothing piano music in gift shops in eastern Iowa. Today, the International Steinway Concert and Recording Artist’s CDs are available in nearly 1,000 stores across the country and via his Web site, www.PianoFavorites.com. Jim’s independent record label, Jim McDonough Productions, Inc., has already sold a quarter-million of his CDs.
The road to success, though, has been paved with detours. In eighth grade, an accident nearly ended his musical career. A falling piano crushed three fingers on his right hand — and nearly crushed his dreams in the process. Jim emerged from two hours of surgery with pins in his fingers and tiny fractures across his hand. But throughout more than a year of physical therapy, Jim kept playing — with a cast on his right hand — and concentrated on improving his performance with his left hand.
“Playing the piano defined me,” McDonough says. “It was my life, and I was determined to play again.”
He devoted nearly every spare moment to working to get back the dexterity in his right hand, and the rigorous rehearsing paid off. In ninth grade, instead of a car, Jim bought a Steinway grand piano to celebrate how far he’d come.
McDonough was recently honored by the legendary piano maker, Steinway & Sons, naming him to its worldwide artist roster. As a Steinway Artist, McDonough joins an exclusive international list of the most accomplished and discriminating performing artists, including classical pianist, Lang Lang; jazz star, Harry Connick Jr.; pop icon, Billy Joel; and “immortals,” Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.
His discography includes Requests (2002); Home for Christmas (2003); Projections: Songs from the Silver Screen (2004); An Ivory Christmas (2004); Music of the Night (2004); Simple Gifts (2005); With Love (2006); Homeward Bound (2007); Country Dreaming (2008); A Christmas to Remember (2008); Rat Pack Remembered (2009); Isn’t It Romantic (2010); Young At Heart (2011); Christmas Eve (2011); One Nation Under God (2012); Country Roads (2013); Broadway Dreams (2014); and his latest release, Holiday Grande (2016).
For more information, visit Jim McDonough’s web site at www.PianoFavorites.com or call 800-375-7095.