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Best-Selling Christmas Artist Mannheim Steamroller To Perform Famed "Christmas" Album at the Academy of Music, December 3, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, October 20, 2016) –– The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is proud to welcome the 32nd Anniversary tour of Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas by Chip Davis for two performances on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Academy of Music. The spirit of the season will come alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling Christmas artist of all time. The tour celebrates the group’s first Christmas album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, which was released in 1984 and revolutionized the Holiday Season music category. This performance is presented in association with MagicSpace Entertainment.

“We are so excited to welcome Mannheim Steamroller back to the Kimmel Center Campus, getting Philadelphia ready for the holidays,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Not surprisingly, Christmas by Chip Davis is consistently at the top of Billboard’s seasonal charts. We cannot wait to experience these iconic songs and dazzling effects as they fill the Academy of Music.”

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis founded Mannheim Steamroller in 1974 when industry executives said his innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller have released over 25 Christmas albums, earning them several spots on the best-selling Christmas music of all-time list by the Recording Industry Association of America. Over the years, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums including 28 million Christmas albums, with 19 gold, 8 multi­platinum, and 4 platinum­certified records.

Other upcoming performances on the Kimmel Center Campus include A Well-Strung Christmas (December 8, 2016, Perelman Theater), A Soulful Christmas (December 13, 2016, Verizon Hall), Mamma Mia! (December 27 – 31, 2016, Merriam Theater), and Celtic Woman (April 14, 2017, Academy of Music).


Christmas by Chip Davis

Academy of Music

December 3, 2016, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.


Tickets are available now and start at $20.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

MagicSpace Entertainment

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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