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I was tempted to leave this go today since I posted something with a music video in it last night, but then I saw an advertisement for TSO’s Christmas concert here on November 24th and got all excited. We’ve seen their Christmas concert before and it was totally unexpectedly awesome. And there’s nothing better than combining a little Rock & Roll and a little Classical music! (Or a lot, in case you’re not familiar with them!) This is one of my favorite pieces by them. You MAY recognize the music. It’s Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Ode to Joy by Beethoven, but played THEIR way.

Let me tell you what, it was so HOT in that event center with all the pyrotechnic stuff going on we nearly melted. My niece (who has a degree in lighting design and is currently working at Disneyland) is waiting to get on with them as an intern. She said they have to wear undersuits filled with water when they work that close to the fire. AND it just plain hurt my eyes. I ended up wearing my sunglasses through the whole concert.


The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO)

Trans-Siberian_Orchestra_XIIITrans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O’Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. The band gained in popularity when they began touring in 1999 after completing their second album, The Christmas Attic the year previous. In 2007, the Washington Post referred to them as “an arena-rock juggernaut” and described their music as “Pink Floyd meets Yes and The Who at Radio City Music Hall.” TSO has sold more than 10 TSOmillion concert tickets and over 10 million albums. The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve , and their two-disc Night Castle. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers, “enough pyro to be seen from the international space station”, moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music.

TSO 2Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium. Their path to success was unusual in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, having never played at a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act. In 2013, TSO kicked off their European tour with a performance on New Year’s Eve 2013-14 in front of over 1,000,000 fans at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. “A daring feat in which the band played three shows across two continents in 27 hours.” The show was broadcast live to millions more on German television. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)


Trans-Siberian Orchestra Flight of the Bumble Bee and Ode to Joy