Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring its extended ‘Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ show to Ontario – San Bernardino Sun


After sitting out a season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has fully returned to its annual holiday tradition of epic Christmas-themed arena rock spectacles.

This year, TSO is performing “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” which is the 2001 concert DVD that combined the most popular songs from its 1996 debut, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” and the 1998 follow-up, “The Christmas Attic.” With that concert initially being aired on PBS stations, it has become one of TSO’s most popular releases. The show comes to Toyota Arena in Ontario for two performances this holiday season at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and includes additional TSO hits.

While “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” will take up most of the first half of the show, the second part draws on selections from across the TSO catalog. Because many of the most popular songs will be performed as part of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” TSO’s Western U.S. musical director and guitarist Al Pitrelli and drummer for the Eastern company of TSO, Jeff Plate, said they ended up with room for songs this year that TSO hasn’t often performed on past tours.

During an interview last month, the duo said they weren’t able to speak on how this year’s visual effects and stage set will be bigger or different this year as they hadn’t yet joined the band for production rehearsals. TSO is well-known for its over-the-top scenes, lighting and elaborate pyrotechnics and both Pitrelli and Plate said they were looking forward to seeing the full stage production for the first time.

“You look up, and I always feel like a 15-year-old walking into that arena for the first time,” Pitrelli said when the finished productions come together. “It really turns you back into a teenager. But this time, I’m not getting chased out by security or the police, so it’s lot more fun standing there looking up and going ‘This is awesome.’”



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