Broadway Series South presented The Christmas Music of Manheim Steamroller by Chip Davis on Monday, November 29. The iconic group, celebrating its 25th Annual Christmas Tour, brought the Christmas season to an early life by playing all the classic holidays songs with a hip new spin and introducing the audience to some tunes they hadn’t heard before.
The show blazed to life with a rendition of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and was followed by a few humorous words from the group’s founder, Chip Davis. Then the beautiful music continued, accompanied by festive, lively music videos depicting renaissance Christmas celebrations and more traditional images, such as lush, green Christmas trees. Jolly tunes melded seamlessly into softer, more melancholy songs with gentle lighting, making the evening the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Highlights included a plucky version of “Little Drummer Boy,” a creeping “Faeries,” and a startlingly beautiful “O Holy Night.”
After a brief intermission, the group broke back into action by playing a colorful, high energy “Joy to the World.” The musicians, all clad in season-appropriate red shirts, kept up the energy with nine more songs, including a very cheery “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.” They also, much to the audience’s delight, did an encore performance of “Silent Night.” Even then, no one seemed ready for the show to be over, and the group was given a much deserved standing ovation.
Unfortunately, Manheim Steamroller’s enchanting tour was only in town for one night, but those who saw the show are sure to remember the evening for years to come. This performance was the perfect blend of old and new – everything one would expect from a Christmas show but so much more. To find out more about the tour, visit the group’s official website at http://shop.manheimsteamroller.com.