Monday, November 30, 2009

Live review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Time Warner Cable Arena

Nov. 28, 2009

The Deal: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought its annual holiday orchestral-rock show to the Q.C. for a performance at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Good: The group kicked off by playing songs from its lengthy catalog of holiday-themed discs. This included tracks like “The Prince Of Peace,” “The March Of The Kings/Hark The Herald,” “Angel,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Good King Joy,” “Ornament,” “Old City Bar,” “Promises To Keep,” “This Christmas Day,” and “An Angel Returned,” among others. It was, during this half of the show, that a narrator also told a Christmas-themed story between songs, and fake snow fell upon clusters of audience members who were sitting close to the front of the stage.

Photo by Lewis Lee
  • Photo by Lewis Lee

The second half of the show, which was less-Christmas oriented and more fire and brimstone, and focused on tracks – like “Believe,” and the Latin lyric laden “Carmina Burana” - from the bands new non-holiday themed double disc album, Night Castle. During this part of the show there were also pyrotechnic blasts galore.

The Bad: Not too much. This is one of those shows that is loaded with all the extra works. Go, knowing you’re going to be there for quite a while, as the show is around two and a half hours long.

The Verdict: With an instrumental fusion of progressive rock, symphonic metal and classical music, along with a variety of singers and multi-instrumentalists, there was never a dull moment during this performance by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In addition, the event was also for a good cause, as Trans-Siberian Orchestra donated $1 from each ticket sold to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

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