Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays Tampa

The arena-rock band performs its Capra-esque Christmas show

November 28, 2013 

Trans-Siberia Orchestra is known for its elaborate stage show. PUBLICITY PHOTO

One of the biggest concert acts in recent years is Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the progressive arena-rock outfit formed by members of Savatage, the Tampa Bay-based metal band, and that band's producer, Paul O'Neill.

TSO's known for rock operas that are sonically (and, in concert, visually) sumptuous. They'll be bringing one of their most popular, "The Lost Christmas Eve," to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa for two shows on Sunday.

The band's shows combines Broadway storytelling with the spectacle of a huge rock concert. Their current tour is, they say, the last time they'll perform "The Lost Christmas Eve," which premiered in 2012.

The music mixes elements of rock, classical, folk, R&B and theater music. The story revolves around a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, a Gothic cathedral and their inhabitants during a single enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City.

The show features some of TSO's best-known songs, including "Wizards in Winter," "Christmas Nights in Blue" and "Siberian Sleigh Ride."

The rock opera will be followed by songs from last year's EP release "Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)," classics from TSO's debut album, "Christmas Eve & Other Stories," and other selections from the band's 15-year career.

Details: Dec. 1, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Show times: 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$68. Information: 813-301-2500, www.tampabaytimesforum.com.

-- Marty Clear

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