Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced the dates of its 2016 Winter Tour, once again featuring one of the group’s beloved stories performed in its own renowned audio/visual manner. In its Platinum anniversary year, TSO is bringing back its treasured tale, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, to Grand Rapids for two shows at Van Andel Arena on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 3 pm and 8 pm.
Tickets for both shows are on sale now at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Ticket prices are $47.50, $57.50, $67.50, and $77.50 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local charities courtesy of TSO. Prices are subject to change.
Each concert ticket purchased online will include a digital audio copy of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. This is the first time these songs have been released in an audio package, and the album features a bonus track titled “Music Box Blues (Daryl Pediford Tribute New York 2004).”
Debuted last year to rave critical and fan reviews, and based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long-running PBS fundraiser, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, follows the journey of a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater on December 24th. While seeking shelter from the cold, the teen is discovered by the theater’s caretaker who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building’s past to turn her life around. 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.” 2016’s tour will see an all-new second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.
TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill said, “This show was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator, and full rock band was something TSO has never done.”
TSO has cemented itself as one of the world’s biggest rock acts, by playing approximately 2,000 shows for nearly 13 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $580 million and selling in excess of 10 million albums and DVDs. In 2009, Billboard magazine placed TSO at No. 25 on its “Top Touring Artists of the Decade.”
As in all previous years, $1 to $2 of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, in excess of $13 million has been distributed to worthy charities all across North America.