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Mannheim Steamroller’s 25th Annual Christmas Tour Rolls into Raleigh on Nov. 29th

Chip Davis' Christmas albums for Mannheim Steamroller have been perennial bestsellers

Chip Davis' Christmas albums for Mannheim Steamroller have been perennial bestsellers

Broadway Series South will present The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29th, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.

According to Broadway Series South:

“Mannheim Steamroller is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their annual Christmas tour with a host of prominent activities and events.

Chip Davis, founder and creator of the world-renowned group, revolutionized the sounds of Christmas when he released his very first Christmas album in 1984. The following year … he launched ‘The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller’ concert tour, which has become a holiday tradition throughout the country.

“Twenty-five years later, the tour has grown from its very first performance in Omaha to 90 performances in over 77 cities this year — with two touring companies playing to sell-out audiences. This year’s tour begins Nov. 10th and runs through Dec. 28th.

“For the first time ever, Mannheim Steamroller will be participating in the annual Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Mannheim band members will be part of a float depicting the natural wonders of South Dakota.

“Why South Dakota? Another special event, ‘Mannheim Steamroller’s Holiday Celebration on Ice,’ was performed and filmed in Rapid City. Featuring a cast of international ice-skating champions performing to Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas music, the special will be televised nationally on NBC Sunday, Nov. 28th, co-hosted by Chip [Davis] and Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano.

“On Dec. 4th, a third Mannheim Steamroller band kicks off the Holiday season at Universal Orlando Resort, with repeat performances Dec. 11th and 18th. Additionally, Chip [Davis’] unique arrangement of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is the theme of Universal’s ‘Grinchmas’ and ‘Seussville’ attractions.

“‘Mannheim Steamroller’s 25th Anniversary Christmas Collection’ also marks the 25th anniversary of the tour and last year’s anniversary of the first Christmas album. The two-CD set features a collection of favorite songs from past Christmas albums, personally selected by Chip [Davis].

“Since the release of his first Christmas album, Chip [Davis] has become the #1 Christmas artist of all times, selling over 27 million Christmas albums. Including sales of other albums including his Fresh Aire series, Chip [Davis] has sold a total of almost 38 million albums — making him one of the top 50 best-selling artists since the inception of Sound Scan, an industry monitoring group. He received a Grammy Award for ‘Fresh Aire 7.’

“Chip [Davis] has also taken his music in new directions with the creation of Ambient Therapy, a patent-pending sound technology used by major institutions as Mayo and Walter Reed Hospital to help alleviate anxiety, pain, and feelings of isolation in hospital patients.

“NASA has approved the review of Ambient Therapy for use in long-range space flights, and Chip [Davis’] work with NASA — including on-site recordings of space shuttle launch and landings — will be part of an anticipated new Mannheim concert tour, ‘The Music of the Spheres.’

“A long-time contributor and supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces, Chip received the Department of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service in a special ceremony at the Pentagon in 2008. The Award recognized his donation of one million Christmas CDs to U.S. troops and their families, both domestically and overseas.”

SECOND OPINION: Nov. 24th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by David Menconi: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/11/26/824939/the-hosts-of-christmas-present.html.

Broadway Series South presents THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC OF MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER BY CHIP DAVIS at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601. TICKETS: $44-$86. BOX OFFICE: Progress Energy Center Box Office: 919/831-6060 (information only). Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/944139.

SHOW: http://broadwayseriessouth.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Calendar&file=listevent-bss2008&eid=10038.

VIDEO PREVIEWS: http://shop.mannheimsteamroller.com/content/Video.htm (click Christmas Videos).

PRESENTER: http://www.broadwayseriessouth.com/.

VENUE: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=21.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=37.

OTHER LINKS:

The Tour: http://shop.mannheimsteamroller.com/content/Tour.htm (official web page).

Mannheim Steamroller: http://shop.mannheimsteamroller.com/ (official website).

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