Celebrating 20 Years of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The epic “rock theater” music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra is approaching its platinum anniversary, and the group is honoring the occasion with live performances of its annual PBS Christmas special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.

Photo: Scott Moore
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a touring force, as it plays music from its extensive catalogue every winter, and sometimes into other seasons. The band has performed material from The Christmas Trilogy and other albums, but this year the band is doing something different for its tour.

“We’ve done all three of The Christmas Trilogy rock operas but we’ve never done the television rock opera live” TSO’s Paul O’Neil said in an video interview posted onto the band’s YouTube page. “Seeing The Ghosts of Christmas Eve on TV, it’s great, you get to watch it with your family.  But also there’s a magic to live where you get to watch it with an arena full of people.”

The live performance will be based on the television program written by the group that appears annually as a fundraiser on PBS. In the special, a teenage girl who has run away from home on Christmas Eve breaks into an abandoned theatre where a caretaker, played by Ossie Davis, introduces the young lady to the ghosts of the venue to help her turn her life around.

The music from this program has never before been available as a package, but fans who purchase tickets online will get digital copies of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve album.

The Ghosts show, which was played for the first time last year, will include the special effects and theatrics you would expect from TSO, but will also include a live narrator and segments from the show. $1-$2 of each ticket sold will benefit local charities.

The routing has TSO moving through most regions, but there are only a few West Coast dates scheduled, so fans around California, Oregon  and Washington would do well to get their tickets early.

Speaking of tickets, they are available through a fan-club presale beginning Sept. 7 and up for grabs to the general public Sept. 16.

There are multiple touring companies, so don’t worry if you see two shows scheduled on the same day in different cities, it is not a mistake. Here is the full plan:

Nov. 17 – Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mid-America Center
Nov. 17 – Youngstown, Ohio, Covelli Centre
Nov. 18 – Allentown, Pa., PPL Center
Nov. 19 – Denver, Colo., Pepsi Center
Nov. 19 – Worcester, Mass., DCU Center
Nov. 20 – Providence, R.I., Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Nov. 20 – Colorado Springs, Colo., The Broadmoor World Arena
Nov. 22 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Vivint Smart Home Arena
Nov. 23 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Nov. 25 – El Paso, Texas, UtahEP Don Haskins Center
Nov. 25 – Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mohegan *Arena At Casey Plaza
Nov. 26 – Lubbock, Texas, United Supermarkets Arena
Nov. 26 – Manchester, N.H., Verizon Wireless Arena
Nov. 27 – Albany, N.Y., Times Union Center
Nov. 27 – Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena
Nov. 30 – North Little Rock, Ark., Verizon Arena
Nov. 30 – Charleston, W. Va., Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
Dec. 01 – Lexington, Ky., Rupp Arena
Dec. 01 – Tulsa, Okla., BOkla. Center
Dec. 02 – Wichita, Kan., Intrust Bank Arena
Dec. 02 – Toledo, Ohio, Huntington Center
Dec. 03 – Dayton, Ohio, Wright State University’s Nutter Center
Dec. 03 – Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
Dec. 04 – St. Louis, Mo., Scottrade Center
Dec. 04 – Buffalo, N.Y., First Niagara Center
Dec. 07 – Indianapolis, Ind., Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Dec. 07 – Richmond, Va., Richmond Coliseum
Dec. 08 – Moline, Ill., I Wireless Center
Dec. 08 – Charlotte, N.C., Time Warner Cable Arena
Dec. 09 – Greenville, S.C., Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Dec. 09 – Green Bay, Wis., Resch Center
Dec. 10 – Columbia, S.C., Colonial Life Arena
Dec. 10 – Saint Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
Dec. 11 – Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Coliseum
Dec. 11 – Milwaukee, Wis., BMo. Harris Bradley Center
Dec. 14 – Raleigh, N.C., PN.C. Arena
Dec. 14 – Duluth, Ga., Infinite Energy Center
Dec. 15 – Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
Dec. 15 – Washington, DC, Verizon Center
Dec. 16 – Hershey, Pa., GIANT Center
Dec. 16 – Sunrise, Fla., BB&T Center
Dec. 17 – Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 17 – Orlando, Fla., Amway Center
Dec. 18 – Hartford, Conn., XL Center
Dec. 18 – Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
Dec. 21 – Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Bank Arena
Dec. 21 – San Antonio, Texas, AT&T Center
Dec. 22 – Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
Dec. 22 – Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
Dec. 23 – Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
Dec. 23 – Rosemont, Ill., Allstate Arena
Dec. 26 – Newark, N.J., Prudential Center
Dec. 26 – Glendale, Ariz., Gila River Arena
Dec. 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Consol Energy Center
Dec. 27 – Ontario, Calif., Citizens Business Bank Arena
Dec. 28 – Sacramento, Calif., Golden 1 Center
Dec. 29 – Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
Dec. 30 – Portland, Ore., Moda Center
Dec. 30 – Auburn Hills, Mich., The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Dec. 31 – Seattle, Wash., KeyArena At Seattle Center
Dec. 31 – Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena

Head over to Trans-Siberian.com for the latest on the Orchestra and its work.