Trans-Siberian Orchestra show is incredible, organized chaos

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent 

   GREENSBORO — The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour stopped at the Greensboro Coliseum this weekend for two performances.
The “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour is the live version of the PBS special from several years ago. It features favorite songs, such as “Christmas Canon,” “Sarajevo” and “This Christmas Day.” The story is narrated by Bryan Hicks, and tells the story of a runaway who finds shelter in an old theater. The theater’s caretaker walks her through a series of dream sequences that are enhanced by the music, light show, and other special effects. The theme of the story suggests that in this life, it is never too late.
The second part of the concert features classical music played by the progressive rock band. Classics like “Carmina Burana,” “Flight of The Bumblebee” and others boom throughout the coliseum. Lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, guitarist Chris Caffery, and violinist Roddy Chong bring new life to these beautiful classical compositions. The vocalists belt out their notes and dance in true rock concert fashion. The talent of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra company is enhanced by a strings section made of musicians local to the Carolinas.
   The spectacle of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is incredible, organized chaos. They have lasers and lights. They have fire and snow. They have platforms that rise and descend with the performers playing instruments or vocalists dancing on them. Behind the performer are large screens with various digital animation and effects.
The music, effects and audience’s reaction make for a truly entertaining event that is suitable for the entire family. Anyone who enjoys a heavy rock guitar, rich voices, lights and animation will appreciate this concert. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at PNC Arena in Raleigh if you missed the Greensboro show. Tickets range from $45 to $74 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Nancy Drago is a freshman at Chapel Hill High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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