Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Friday night, my husband and I took my mother-in-law to the Roanoke Civic Center to see Mannheim Steamroller. Her birthday is coming up and this was an early birthday present.

I am not sure, but I think it might have been her first-ever concert. My husband seemed to think this was the case.

The show was in the Performing Arts Theater, which is a huge auditorium. We had seats near the rear because we didn't decide to go until recently, but they were still fine seats.

Mannheim Steamroller has been around a very long time. The group was started by Chip Davis, who has split the group into separate troupes for touring purposes. We saw the East Coast crew.

Davis began producing classical music albums in the 1970s, but the group found its greatest success in 1984 after it began recording Christmas music. A coworker gave me a tape of their music in 1986 and I have been a fan ever since.

The troupe we saw last week had some very fine musicians. I was particularly taken with the flute player and the violinist. Both were women and they were excellent.


  1. Mannheim Steamroller rocks!! they are the greatest!! i own every cd they have ever made ... my Dad raised me on their tunes. what great music, a Christmas without their tunes is just not Christmas, plain & simple. glad you all had fun. (:

  2. I've enjoyed their Christmas music for years. So glad you got to see them perform.

  3. Would have loved to have attended, but I forget to keep track of local things that are happening. Ah well.... I can always see them on YouTube.


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