Trans-Siberian Orchestra spreads rock and Christmas cheer
November 1st, 2011
Omaha, NE – What do you get when you combine the flash of rock nâ€™ roll with the traditional elements of holiday music? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
‘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 nâ€™ roll virtuosity, orchestral settings, and over-the-top stage presence. This yearâ€™s tour will include 118 performances in over 80 cities, and will last eight months.
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.
â€œSo it is single-handedly the biggest rock production on the planet, and weâ€™re just pleased beyond belief to bring it back year after year and give you guys a bigger show than we did last year.â€
Pitrelli added that the programâ€™s success can be attributed to several factors.
â€œThe fact that Iâ€™m there,” he laughed. “I’m kidding! Oh, I donâ€™t know, I think itâ€™s the combination of so many things. Itâ€™s something completelyâ€¦ out of left field. It goes against the grain of whatâ€™s popular right now,” he said.
“Weâ€™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 thatâ€™s the biggest reason and then itâ€™s just really really goodâ€¦on top of it.â€
Perhaps most importantly, added Pitrelli, itâ€™s a show that everyone of all ages can enjoy.
â€œYou can bring your kids, you can bring your grandparents, you can bring anyone you want to the show and theyâ€™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 heâ€™s going to look up on the stage and say, â€˜Hey, thatâ€™s really cool.â€™â€
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing Friday, November 11th at the Mid-American center in Council Bluffs.
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