Monday, November 16, 2009

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, I was able to enjoy the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (often abbreviated as TSO). TSO was founded in 1996. The band incorporates progressive rock, symphonic metal, heavy metal, and classical music.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has recorded and performed renditions of traditional Christmas songs, and these have been among their most popular works. They are also known for their elaborate concerts, complete with a full light show and dozens of pyrotechnics that are synchronized with their performance.

The group's name is inspired by the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia, which connects many cultures otherwise isolated, much like music.

I really like the fact that TSO often donates $1 from each ticket sold to a local charity in the city where they are performing. In Minneapolis, the money went to the children's hospital.

Another way they stay involved locally is by having the string section comprised of local musicians.

TSO is an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in poor public schools throughout the USA. The band has donated grants to LKR to help them hold free teacher trainings. They also sit on LKR's Honorary Board of Directors.

TSO contains two touring groups, informally known as TSO East and TSO West, although these descriptions are not entirely literal; before 2008, for example, TSO West historically played in Atlanta and Florida. Both groups have appeared in Midwestern cities such as Chicago and Indianapolis. Two separate touring groups were formed to allow the band to cover more ground in the short holiday timeframe, beginning early November to the first week in January.

Carson Williams, an electrical engineer from Mason, Ohio choreographed his outdoor Christmas lights to the song "Wizards in Winter" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

“Wizards in Winter”

A youtube link from West Virginia for you to listen and enjoy a ‘fireshow’.


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