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One lucky Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan will be called on stage at Wilkes-Barre show on Nov. 18

One lucky Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan will be called on stage at Wilkes-Barre show on Nov. 18
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From a press release:

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has been coming to Wilkes-Barre annually for 19 years, 18 of which have been at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. This year, the Christmas rock opera band will be taking the local stage for two shows this Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

At some point just before the 7:30 p.m. show starts, a special moment will be celebrated – the 250,000th TSO fan will walk through the venue doors, and they will they be in for a big surprise.

As a thank you to all the TSO fans in NEPA, the 250,000th fan through the doors will receive an amazing prize package, including:

  • A front row ticket upgrade (two fans will be upgraded to the
    front row)
  • A special meet and greet for two with the band after the show
  • An autographed TSO guitar
  • A slew of TSO merchandise
  • A $25 food and beverage voucher from the venue
  • Four club seats to a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game of the fan’s choice
  • And if that’s not enough, the fan will be invited up on stage before the
    7:30 p.m. show to stand alongside TSO guitarist Chris Caffery as he personally
    gives them the signed guitar and front row tickets and thanks him/her in front of the
    entire arena.

Get your tickets to the 7:30 show and you could be the 250,000th fan. Tickets for both shows, which start at $38, plus applicable ticketing fees, are on sale now at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre), and all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000.

“250,000 people is an amazing accomplishment!” said Dave Chesler, promoter for the Larry
Magid Entertainment Group. “TSO has proven through their 20th year of touring that they’re still growing, they’re still rockin’, and their fans love them!”

“It’s been an honor to host Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the nearly 250,000 TSO fans that have come through our doors since 2001,” added Stephen Poremba, SMG director of sales and marketing at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

“TSO has been electrifying fans in the greater Wilkes-Barre area for the last 20 years, and it’s only fitting to have TSO’s 20th Anniversary Tour help kick off our venue’s 20th anniversary season.”

TSO’s annual November-December multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year
after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater, is set to begin on Nov. 14 and will visit 65 cities across North America for 100+ performances before concluding on Dec. 30. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is presented by the Hallmark Channel.

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long-running PBS fundraiser “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises to Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” 2018’s tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $15 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities across North America.

This year, Rhino Entertainment also released a 20th anniversary edition of “The Christmas Attic” on CD and digitally. A vinyl version will be available on Nov. 23. The second installment in “The Christmas Trilogy” tells the story of a little girl who spends nights in an attic filled with yuletide reveries, while guitar solos and choral vocals soar over a rock orchestral backing across 16 tracks, including a previously unreleased on CD and vinyl version of “Christmas Jam (Live).”

Since its historic touring debut, TSO has played more than 1,850 Winter Tour shows for more than 15 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $675 million. The group has also sold 12 million albums and DVDs.

TSO’s Winter Tour 2017 achieved a record gross of more than $61.5 million, with approximately one million tickets sold. The tour was ranked No. 11 on the Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours chart (also No. 11 in 2016), No. 15 on the Top 200 North American Tours chart (up from No. 16 in 2016), and No. 27 on the Top 100 Worldwide Tours by concert industry trade magazine Pollstar. In 2009, Pollstar ranked TSO at No. 20 on the Top Tour(s) of the Decade, and Billboard placed TSO at No. 25 on its Top Touring Artists of the Decade.