The wondrous orchestrated sound of Mannheim Steamroller will perform in concert April 17th at the Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are between $39.50 and $75.00.
In a “Fresh Aire” concert by composer Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller brings their unique cool sound to Grand Prairie. The group celebrated 25 years in 1999 and is known especially for their holiday sounds, putting unusual spins on such traditional classics as “Silent Night.” The Grammy award-winning music series of “Fresh Aire” features eight different topics explored in various albums. The first four “Fresh Aire” albums referenced the four seasons while five through eight covered man’s curiosities about the world. In 2004 they released “Halloween: Monster Mix” but that wasn’t the first October madness.
The “Fresh Aire” concert is part of a tour going on right now. The first album, “Fresh Aire” was released in 1974.
Mannheim has been awarded 16 gold records, seven platinum, and four multi-platinum.
“I fell in love with the music of Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller in 1980 when a college roommate played his Fresh Aire LP and I’ve followed them since then,” said writer Tod Demuth.
In the Home Theatre Demo featuring Mannheim some of the five video music tracks come from other Davis videos such as footage from the Early Greek portion of “Fresh Aire 8” appearing as the selection “Night Party.”
Davis said in an interview once that he enjoyed putting a twist on music that people enjoyed in their childhood.
“That was kind of the fun part,” he said in the article. “Mannheim Steamroller’s sound hasn’t changed much over the years.”
Connelly & Company stated: “From a most unlikely seed grew a great tree in the primedieval forest: Mannheim Steamroller.”
The group has also branched out in the past with children’s music as evidenced by their CD “Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse.”
“‘Go The Distance’ (one of the tracks) is performed in a peaceful piano/harpsichord-based arrangement, perfect for those days when you’ve been sitting in traffic for hours, etc.,” said music critic Steve Marshall. “It’s an excellent CD for kids of all ages.”
The word Mannheim steamroller refers in part to the incorporation into a piece of music of an extended thematically independent crescendo passage or Walze.
The Nokia Theatre is at 1001 Performance Place and the phone number is 214-373-8000. Parking is $15.00.