Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is teaming up with Hallmark Channel to present the live debut of the band’s multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” A modern classic that can stand side-by-side with a Charles Dickens tale, The Lost Christmas Eve is the newest TSO holiday tradition and will stop at Giant Center in Hershey on Friday, December 21 for two shows at 4 and 8 p.m.
The Lost Christmas Eve has been called “a story of loss and redemption” and features a diverse soundtrack fusing elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway, and R&B, while taking you on a journey into the “Capra-esque” world of TSO creator/producer, Paul O’Neill. Encompassing a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, a Gothic cathedral, and their respective inhabitants all intertwined during a single enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City, this year’s show is sure to start any TSO fan’s holiday season off right. The Lost Christmas Eve will be performed in its entirety and will feature the hit single, Wizards in Winter, as well as longtime crowd favorites Christmas Nights in Blue and Siberian Sleigh Ride. It will be followed by brand new songs from TSO’s Fall EP release from Lava/Republic, Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night), classics from TSO’s debut album, Christmas Eve & Other Stories and the rest of the heralded catalogue of rock operas.
TSO founder Paul O’Neill discusses the band’s ambitious undertaking: “This is an exciting year for the band and something we’ve been planning for years. ‘The Lost Christmas Eve’ has always been a personal favorite of mine. To debut this rock opera live marks a new and exciting chapter in TSO’s Rock Theater evolution.”
Off the road, TSO is constantly stockpiling new projects in their Rock Theater arsenal. Currently in the works is the rock opera, Gutter Ballet and the New York City Blues Express, which was previewed live to over one million fans during the 2011 tour. An additional rock opera that is in production, Romanov: When Kings Must Whisper, is an epic story set amidst the Bolshevik Revolution.
Since their debut in 1996, TSO has defied the rules of an ever-changing music industry. Year after year, TSO has ranked in the Top 10 for both gross revenues and attendance (according to Pollstar magazine) by playing live to more than one million fans each year. Since their inception, TSO has sold in excess of 8.5 million albums and performed to more than 9 million fans in 150+ cities worldwide. The band’s rock operas have cemented them as a leader in Rock Theater, being regarded as a mix of The Who’s Tommy, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musicals, and Pink Floyd’s expansive light show.
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Tickets for this show are $70.75 (8 p.m. show only), $60.75, $50.75, $40.75 and $32.75. They are available at the Giant Center Box Office and can be charged by phone at 717-534-3405 or 1-800-745-3000, and online at www.GiantCenter.com, www.LiveNation.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.