It’s probably safe to say that no one who entered the Bryce Jordan Center Thursday night left disappointed, as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra debuted their rock opera “The Christmas Attic” with its an electrifying performance.
Complete with lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, smoke, video screens, extraordinary voices and impeccable musicianship, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra proved why it are one of the most popular touring bands in the world.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra performed the second part of its Christmas trilogy, “The Christmas Attic,” originally released in 1998. The album had never been performed live before the current winter tour. The concert consisted of basically two parts — one half Christmas songs and the other hard rock. The first half of the show told the Christmas story, featuring the songs, “The Christmas Canon,” “Wizards in Winter” and the traditional Christmas carol “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The remainder of the evening featured TSO hits and fan favorites.
The evening was highlighted by some standout vocal performances, choreography, special effects, and dramatically delivered narration between every song. It was not your typical rock concert, even though there were shades of the ’80s heavy-metal hair bands, the show could truly be described as a holiday extravaganza.
As music director and keyboardist Derek Wieland described it, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and its shows are “impossible to copy and hard to describe.” Perhaps one way to sum it up would be “a two-and-a-half-hour continuous, non-stop music and lights show.”
The orchestra has two touring companies, one on the East Coast and one on the West. But every member of TSO is vital to the performance and the message that is being conveyed to the audience. And not to be forgotten are the men and women who work tirelessly to set up and break down all of the sophisticated equipment that TSO uses in its shows.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is evidence that the genres of rock opera, progressive rock and symphonic rock are still alive and kicking, and this performance was without a doubt a testament to that.