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Wizards of Winter whips up holiday prog rock at Lackawanna College in Scranton on Dec. 3

Wizards of Winter whips up holiday prog rock at Lackawanna College in Scranton on Dec. 3
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From a press release:

Community Concerts at Lackawanna College will present a heavy-hitting 89th season from Dec. 2016 through March 2017, opening with The Wizards of Winter on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

What was once a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute group has now turned into a musical force of its own design. In 2013, bandleader Scott Kelly became friends with original TSO member Tommy Farese, who introduced him to several other former members. The Wizards and former TSO members decided to join forces and tour together. The Wizards of Winter’s 2014 self-titled debut album was a startling holiday prog rock throwback that simultaneously conveyed optimism and wonderment (“Just Believe”) and flooring metal crunch (“The Journey”).

“It’s a Christmas rock opera,” Kelly enthuses. “If you’re a science fiction fan, it’s like ‘Doctor Who,’ where you board his TARDIS and travel anywhere in space and time. Some spaces are happy, some are melancholy; our music encompasses the vast range of feelings people experience during the holidays.”

Tickets for The Wizards of Winter are $38 and $42. All tickets for the Community Concerts 2016-17 season are on sale now and can be purchased online via Ticketfly, by phone at 570-955-1455, or through the box office at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall (501 Vine St., Scranton) during the hours of 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Community Concerts at Lackawanna College’s mission is to present culturally significant programming to the local educational and residential community. For more information, contact Community Concerts Manager Brandi George at or 570-961-7818.

Read NEPA Scene’s review of The Wizards of Winter concert at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre last year here.