Christmas Music Machine Mannheim Steamroller to Perform Concert in Cincinnati This Week

Can't get enough Christmas music? Spend Dec. 26 with the New Age juggernaut at the Aronoff Center

Mannheim Steamroller is a Christmas music machine. And that well-oiled machine is currently on its 35th-annual holiday tour, which, according to a press release, makes it the “longest running consecutive tour in the entertainment industry.”

The project first came together in the mid-’70s when composer Chip Davis needed an alias under which to release his synth-driven, Classical-esque New Age instrumental music (Davis also needed a record label, so he formed American Gramaphone, which would piggyback the Steamroller’s success to become a huge indie imprint).

After the popular Fresh Aire series of releases, Mannheim Steamroller’s first holiday album came out in the mid-’80s; along with the nearly dozen Christmas LPs since, the collections have sold tens of millions of copies, making Mannheim one of the best-selling holiday acts of all time.

In honor of its 35th anniversary, this year’s tour will spotlight material from the classic 1984 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album.

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26. $38.75-$78.75. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,

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