Entertainment » Vol. 54

Celebrate the holidays with TSO

Paul O’Neill launched a project in 1996 that has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum musical powerhouse: Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

The progressive rock group’s record-setting “rock theater” tours sell out venues year after year and have cemented TSO’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. Now, in its platinum anniversary year, the group is bringing back its treasured tale, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 61 cities across North America beginning Nov.17 and concluding, after 105 shows, with special New Year’s Eve performances in Seattle and Cleveland.

Each concert ticket purchased online will include a digital audio copy of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. This is the first time these songs have been released in an audio package, and the album features a bonus track titled “Music Box Blues (Daryl Pediford Tribute New York 2004).”

Debuting last year to rave critical and fan reviews, and based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long-running PBS fundraiser, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve follows the journey of a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater on Dec. 24. While seeking shelter from the cold, the teen is discovered by the theater’s caretaker, who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building’s past to turn her life around. The rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep” and “This Christmas Day.” The 2016 tour will see an all-new second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

O’Neill said, “This show was an experiment – to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator and full rock band, was something TSO has never done. It brought back so many memories to see Ossie Davis and everyone else who helped make that TV special into the annual tradition that it has become. The overwhelming response from the fans during the 2015 Winter Tour drove the band’s decision to take it back out on the road this year. As always, we have new artists, new special effects and lots of surprises in store. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the road.”

TSO has cemented itself as one of the world’s biggest rock acts by playing approximately 2,000 shows for nearly 13 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $580 million and selling in excess of 10 million albums and DVDs. In 2009, Billboard magazine placed TSO at No. 25 on its “Top Touring Artists of the Decade.”

As in all previous years, $1-$2 of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, in excess of $13 million has been distributed to worthy charities all across North America.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform at The DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets are $44.50-$74.50. For more information, visit trans-siberian.com.

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