Trans-Siberian Orchestra spreads rock and Christmas cheer

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November 1st, 2011

Omaha, NE – What do you get when you combine the flash of rock n’ roll with the traditional elements of holiday music? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. However, one thing was definitely rocking, and that was the whole freaking house. (click Listen Now to hear TSO rockin’ the house)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra has performed all around the world. The group has been best known for its combination of rock and n’ roll virtuosity, orchestral settings, and over-the-top stage presence. This year’s tour will include 118 performances in over 80 cities, and will last eight months.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will kick off its "Winter Tour 2011" on November 11th at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. (Photo courtesy of Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

Al Pitrelli is Music Director for the program. He said that since the program was conceived in 1995 as a rock opera, it has blossomed into a full-blown success with no end in sight.

“So it is single-handedly the biggest rock production on the planet, and we’re just pleased beyond belief to bring it back year after year and give you guys a bigger show than we did last year.”

Pitrelli added that the program’s success can be attributed to several factors.

“The fact that I’m there,” he laughed. “I’m kidding! Oh, I don’t know, I think it’s the combination of so many things. It’s something completely… out of left field. It goes against the grain of what’s popular right now,” he said.

“We’re not out there for any other reason other than to have the time of our lives and to bring a beautiful story to life. I think that’s the biggest reason and then it’s just really really good…on top of it.”

Perhaps most importantly, added Pitrelli, it’s a show that everyone of all ages can enjoy.

“You can bring your kids, you can bring your grandparents, you can bring anyone you want to the show and they’re going to have a good time – as a family or a group of friends,” Pitrelli said. “And I guarantee you that your 13-year-old son will finally put his cell phone down and stop texting his other friends that he hates everyone, and he’s going to look up on the stage and say, ‘Hey, that’s really cool.’”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing Friday, November 11th at the Mid-American center in Council Bluffs.

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