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Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Wilkes-Barre with original ‘Christmas Eve’ shows on Nov. 22

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Wilkes-Barre with original ‘Christmas Eve’ shows on Nov. 22
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From a press release:

The multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring its anticipated Winter Tour back to Wilkes-Barre. Returning with all-new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all – “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.”

TSO’s show started small, performing to 12,000 people in five cities in 1999, which then exploded onto the national scene, eventually playing to nine million fans over the course of 12 years (through 2011). The mega-hit “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” has grossed an incredible $377 million over 1,224 performances.

Larry Magid Entertainment Group is proud to welcome TSO when they return to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township for two spectacular shows on Friday, Nov. 22 at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets, which start at $37.50, plus fees, go on sale next Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at the arena’s NBT Bank Box Office (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre), ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Brandon’s Forever Home, a charitable organization based in Hazleton that raises awareness of children in foster care and their need for permanent loving homes.

A product of the vision and imagination of TSO’s late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” began the unique format O’Neill called “rock theater” and forged such a deep connection with their fans that it turned into the wildly successful tour, cementing the group’s status as a must-see, multi-generational holiday tradition and kick-starting the trend of Yuletide season tours. This year’s multi-sensory extravaganza is set to begin on Nov. 13 and will visit 66 cities for 109 performances across North America before concluding on Dec. 30.

“Christmas Eve and Other Stories” is based on the triple-platinum album of the same name and follows a story by O’Neill. In keeping with the classic line “If you want to arrange it, this world, you can change it,” the story is set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to bring back what is best representative of humanity.

Following favorite TSO themes of “strangers helping strangers” and “the kindness of others,” “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” takes listeners all over the world to help reunite a young girl with her distraught father. The album and tour features such fan-favorites as “Ornament” and the epic “Old City Bar,” both of which have not been performed live in recent years. The rock opera also features such TSO classics as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Promises to Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” Additionally, this tour presented by the Hallmark Channel will enjoy a new second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers, including “Christmas Canon,” “Wizards in Winter,” and many more.

Since its historic touring debut, TSO has played nearly 2,000 Winter Tour shows for more than 16 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $725 million, and has sold in excess of 12 million albums and DVDs. Year after year, TSO hits the upper reaches of the domestic and worldwide tour charts. Recently in July of 2019, TSO was ranked No. 6 on Pollstar’s North American Tours Mid Year chart and No. 8 on Pollstar’s Worldwide Tours Mid Year chart. In 2018, TSO came in at No. 16 on Pollstar’s 2018 Top 200 Year End North American Tours and at No. 17 on Pollstar’s 2018 Year End Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours chart with more than 925K tickets sold. Additionally in July, TSO was featured in Billboard’s Money Makers of 2018.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Trans-Siberian Orchestra performing at the Mohegan Sun Arena last year here.