MASON CITY | Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis returns Wednesday, Nov. 11, to the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus.

Shows will be at 4 and 7:30 p.m., presented by First State Bank of Belmond and the Historic Park Inn as part of the 2015-16 Performing Arts and Leadership Series.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Christmas tour and release of "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas," an album that revolutionized the holiday season music category.

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest-running tours in the music industry.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. Its holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year.

With 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z and The Beach Boys with such certifications.

From his longtime home in Omaha, Nebraska, Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.

The former teacher and jingle writer founded American Gramaphone, the music industry’s largest independent recording label, in 1974 when industry executives said his innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell.

In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category that revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music.

His first Christmas album was released in 1984. The album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists. He is the No. 1-selling Christmas artist of all time.

One of the more successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, Davis also offers an array of lifestyle products on www.mannheimsteamroller.com, including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items.

His latest achievement is creating a cutting- edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic and is also being studied by NASA for potential use in space.

Tickets are available at the NIACC Box Office, 888-466-4222, extension 4188, and online at www.niacc.edu/boxoffice.

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