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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Last Thursday November 12th I had the pleasure of experiencing a Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.  For those that don’t know, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is part orchestra part arena-rock-guitar-hero band.  They arrange classical favorites for guitar, keyboard, electric violin etc.  For many years the T.S.O. (not to be confused with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra members of which were in the back-up orchestra) have been doing mainly Christmas shows and making Christmas CDs – like the ones you will find at VPL.  With the release of their new album Night Castle the T.S.O. has branched out into some amazing renditions of non-Christmas medleys.  That being said, If you are looking for some great but different Christmas music this holiday season, pick up one of their Christmas CDs at your local VPL branch.  You will not be disappointed!

Anyway, back to the concert.  The first part of the show was the requisite Christmas special.  To be honest, it was very preachy.  The narrator’s “magical voice” shouting ‘Merry Christmas’ at the end was also a little too early in early November. That being said, the musical highlights of the first half were Mozart’s Requiem, and a rendition of Carol of the Bells.

The second half of the 3 hour show was spectacular.  The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is well known for its light shows and pyrotechnic displays.  I have never seen a spectacle quite like the one I saw last Thursday.  There was shooting fire, laser beams and even a rocket stage.  The music which was predominantly from their new album – Night Castle was fantastically imaginative and decadently dark.  If you ever have the opportunity to see the TSO, don’t walk – RUN!  Just make sure it’s not going to be a hokey Christmas Special!