Mannheim Steamroller: Big sound, distinctive approach
Trans-Siberian Orchestra shreds metal during a laser show at Christmastime, while Mannheim Steamroller takes it down just a notch to a more conventional orchestra sound — but still expansive, exciting and melodic.
Mannheim Steamroller, as you may recall, is the Neoclassical new-age music group (with rock flourishes) founded by Chip Davis in Omaha, Nebraska in the 1970s. The group will play the Palace Theater in Waterbury Sunday, Dec. 9.
The holiday-themed performances have become a tradition for fans during the past three decades. According to a publicity release for this tour, Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from his Fresh Aire series, which introduced the Mannheim sound to the country.
The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album. Like TSO, the group features multimedia effects in its shows — just not quite as many.
Palace Theater, 100 E Main St., Waterbury. Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m. $105-$65. 203-346-2000 Palacetheaterct.org