Christmas, no matter where and how it is celebrated, finds its heart and soul in holiday music. International favorite Mannheim Steamroller (www.mannheimsteamroller.com) perfectly captures the spirit of the season this year when it arrives in Grand Rapids for 1 performance only on November 23 at DeVos Performance Hall. The tour is produced by Chip Davis' Sound Track Inc. and Magic Arts & Entertainment, a subsidiary of Tix Corporation (Nasdaq: TIXC). "The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis," will feature the band's unmistakable sound in an extravagant multi-media show.
Ticket prices are $77.00, $60.00, $50.00, $40.00 & $30.00. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 10th at 10 AM and will be available at the DeVos Place® and Van Andel Arena® box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers including D&W Stores, Macy's and select Family Fare locations, charge by phone: 616.456.3333 or on-line: ticketmaster.com.
"We'll play songs from our new CD, but we'll also take plenty of time to showcase many favorites from our previous [multi-platinum] Christmas albums," said Mannheim founder and composer Chip Davis. "The music, along with our state of the art multimedia production, is meant to make this an experience for the whole family."
"Chip Davis has created a touring blockbuster with Mannheim Streamroller," says Lee Marshall of Magic Arts and Entertainment. "The show is a holiday tradition for families and we are thrilled to bring it back to cities across the country."
Known for its now classic arrangements of "Silent Night," "Deck the Halls," and "Angels We Have Heard On High," the latest Mannheim holiday albums, "Christmas Song" and "Christmasville," marks Mannheim Steamroller's eighth and ninth Christmas titles. Total album sales for the Christmas series have exceeded 35 million copies worldwide thus far, surpassing that of industry icons and solidifying the band's place in music history as the largest selling Christmas artist of all time.
Said Davis, "We want to give all our fans the chance to see the band live. There's something that is even more moving and meaningful when you share in the creative exchange."
That same flow of creativity is what led to Davis' breakthrough of Mannheim's sound, best described as "18th Century classical rock," a convergence of analog, acoustic, electronic and digital music. The band first burst on the scene with their "Fresh Aire" series. In 1990, Davis received a Grammy Award for Best New Age Recording for the seventh in the series.
Davis promises that upcoming holiday tour dates will showcase the band's ability to break new musical ground. "Christmas music should touch people in a way that is familiar. Yet by giving the songs a 21st Century perspective, a door opens deep inside. In an instant, the season's message of hope and miracles comes alive."
For more information about the band's national tour, or to sample Mannheim Steamroller albums, visit www.mannheimsteamroller.com.