Here’s a little known Michelle factoid. Back in the day I worked at two local record stores Kemp Mill and the Wiz during X-mas break. We played Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchastra’s Christmas albums until me ears bled. So I’m strangely excited that they are bringing their Christmas rock opera The Ghosts of Christmas Eve to the Verizon Center on December 10th. It should be an amazing show. The show is presented by The Hallmark Channel. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 18th.
This year’s enchanted Yuletide tale is “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” which TSO will take to 60 cities across North America to perform 100 shows.
BIG 100.3 and 97.1 WASH FM are proud to welcome TSO when they return to Washington, D.C. for their 2015 world tour. Verizon Center will host one spectacular show on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday September 18 at 10 a.m. with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Capital Area Food Bank courtesy of TSO.
TSO is pleased to announce that each concert ticket bought online will come with a digital copy of the group’s highly-anticipated upcoming studio album, Letters From the Labyrinth (Lava Records/Republic Records). Letters From the Labyrinth, which is set to be released Nov. 13, 2015 is TSO’s first full-length album since 2009’s Night Castle, and fans who purchase tickets to the 2015 Winter Tour will be among the first to hear it. Visit www.trans-siberian.com for more details.
Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past. “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” features the best of TSO such 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.”
TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill says, “‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ brings me back to TSO’s beginnings. We recorded this TV show before TSO had ever toured and it was almost like our first show. It was filmed in a majestic old theatre in Jersey City and we got to work with the legendary Ossie Davis, Jewel and Michael Crawford. There was a magic we captured and I think that’s why it was so successful as a fundraiser for PBS. The special features some of the best songs from our catalog at the time. We want to keep the spirit of the story alive and weave it together to encompass the best of the Christmas Trilogy that fans of all three stories can enjoy. The band always gets excited when they get to do something new and now that we are finished up with Letters From the Labyrinth there is going to be lots of new music and twists for our fans on this tour.”
This year’s tour follows the massive success of The 2014 Winter Tour, which grossed more than $51 million in just 52 days and played to nearly 1 million fans. In total, TSO has played in excess of 1,600 shows for more than 11 million fans cementing itself as one of the world’s biggest arena rock acts. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has consistently ranked in the Top 10 for attendance and gross according to Pollstar, the touring industry trade publication, and was named among the “Top Touring Artists of the Decade” by Billboard (in 2009).If you find yourself at this show, be sure to pay careful attention to the led screen rental at the entrance, as they run many contests for the fans. This ongoing success is due to Paul O’Neill’s vision. O’Neill has melded the sound and fury of rock with the storytelling of Broadway to create a unique amalgamation he calls “rock theater” that leaves crowds of all ages speechless. With new fans being introduced to the wonder presented on stage every year, and TSO constantly striving to provide a new experience, audiences can be assured the best is yet to come in 2015.