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Trans-Siberian Orchestra debuts ‘The Lost Christmas Eve’ at Mohegan Sun Arena


Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is teaming up with the Hallmark Channel to present the live debut of the band’s multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve”, which is performing more than 100 shows in 65 cities across North America. They return to Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Nov. 25 for two shows at Mohegan Sun Arena. Show times are 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows are on sale with a portion of the proceeds from every ticket benefitting a local charity. Ticketmaster will be offering a download of TSO’s newest 5 song EP, Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night), with every ticket sold online.
“The Lost Christmas Eve” fuses elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway, and R&B, which takes you on a journey into the “Capra-esque” world of TSO creator/producer, Paul O’Neill. “The Lost Christmas Eve” will be performed in its entirety and will feature the hit single, “Wizards in Winter”, as well as crowd favorites, “Christmas Nights in Blue” and “Siberian Sleigh Ride.” It will be followed by brand new songs from Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night), and other TSO selections.
“This is the first time we are changing the story and the record the show is based on for the winter tour,” Derek Wieland of TSO said. “Performing “The Lost Christmas Eve”, we really went to the edge with changing the show and story. The first half of the show is rock theater, interspersed with narration and songs. We also have all of the hits that people love and come to see; they are all there. The second half, we really rock it out, full blown. I think we have a new level of what we are doing and a new combination of talent that is the best we have had on this tour, ever. The band is on fire.”
Since their debut in 1996, TSO has ranked in the Top 10 for both gross revenues and attendance by playing live to over one million fans annually. Since their inception, TSO has sold in excess of 8.5 million albums and performed to more than 9 million fans in 150+ cities worldwide. Wieland is looking forward to the continued success of TSO as well as bringing this edgy new production to audiences for the upcoming Christmas run of shows.
“An interesting thing about this show is its relevance,” Wieland said. “People have gone through some hard times in different parts of the country for different reasons in the last few years. I think this story has a real connection to the times. But it also has its message of hope and a positive message in the end. It’s a little bit darker and little edgier, but I think it’s fitting and Paul O’Neill has a real sense of the times.”
tom graham

Trans-Siberian Orchestra “The Lost Christmas Eve” at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60.50, $50.50, $40.50, $32.50. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, the Pennstar Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

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