Monday, November 14, 2011

(Steam)rolling into Memphis

I was playing poker online Sunday evening and my phone made a noise indicating an alert. I checked and realized that in one hour I was supposed to be at the Memphis Orpheum Theater to see Mannheim Steamroller. How could I have forgotten? Their show is Christmas music and I guess I'm not thinking Christmas yet. Good thing I set the alert.

What is Mannheim Steamroller? They are a group that offers contemporary interpretations of Christmas music. Are they rock, jazz, classical or what? The answer is yes. What I mean is that they are a fusion of many types and styles.

The show had a video background that changed and corresponded to the piece being played. They were backed by a 12-person orchestra. The Steamroller played 11 pieces, took a 20-minute intermission, then played 10 more plus an encore.

The show was great. The music was amazing and was attractively presented with a nice light show that included fog and other special effects. The group members wore colorful outfits.

Most shows like this ban cameras, but the Steamroller didn't. This was good news for me.

The audience was a mixed bag of all ages. Many concert goers came as families.

Here are some images from the show (click to enlarge):

Photos taken with my P&S.


  1. You saw them last year as well? two years ago? I just remember an older post.

  2. I think I would like this group a lot, even though I'm already tired of Xmas music! Lots of energy, excitement, color and fun.

    And again, you've done a fine job with your p&s!

  3. @bastin: Last year was the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. They're coming again in December.

    @Lowell: Thanks. The group has a version of "Deck the Halls" that gets lots of radio airplay each holiday season. You've probably heard it and didn't know it was these guys.