Mannheim Steamroller at WMU for the holidays
Nov. 12, 2009
KALAMAZOO--America's favorite Christmas music artist, Mannheim Steamroller, will visit Western Michigan University for the holidays. As part of its 58-city 25th Christmas Anniversary Tour, the group will perform back-to-back concerts at 4:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Miller Auditorium.
For the second year, Grammy Award winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce both the East Coast and West Coast tour ensembles of Mannheim Steamroller. Each show will feature the group's favorite Christmas music and state-of-the art-multimedia effects in an intimate setting.
Mannheim Steamroller released "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" in 1984. Already a multi-platinum recording artist through its "Fresh Aire" series, founder Chip Davis decided to record an album of Christmas music, combining the group's signature mix of renaissance instruments with rock 'n' roll beats.
The resulting album was a runaway hit that not only propelled Mannheim Steamroller to become the No. 1 selling Christmas music artist in history, but also one of the top 50 best-selling musical acts of the last two decades, outselling such prominent artists as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sting, REM, Barbara Streisand and Bon Jovi. The group has sold more than 35 million albums and its annual Christmas tour has become a holiday tradition for thousands.
Mannheim Steamroller also has its own gourmet food line, as well as a new medical endeavor, Ambience Medical, which helps hospital patients recover more quickly through audio technology.
For more information, visit mannheimsteamroller.com.
The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis is part of Miller Auditorium's Spotlight Series and is sponsored by Coca-Cola and Newspace Entertainment. Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 to $70. They are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 15 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.
Media contact: Bethany Gauthier, (269) 387-2245, firstname.lastname@example.org