MY HUSBAND PHONED from work one morning last week to tell me he’d just won two tickets from a local radio station to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
I was thrilled. I love classical music and have never attended a professional orchestra concert.
“Are they were from Siberia?” I asked, noting the orchestra name.
“No, New York, I think,” Randy responded.
It didn’t matter. I was excited about the upcoming concert. Since Randy needed to get back to work, I didn’t ask for additional details.
Later, I shared the news with our oldest daughter. The conversation went something like this:
Daughter: You do know that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a rock band, right?
Me: Uh, no. I thought it was a classical orchestra. Oh, oh. Maybe now I don’t want to go.
Daughter: Bring your ear plugs.
And that is how I learned that my husband and I, who last took in a rock concert (by The Moody Blues) at the St. Paul Civic Center decades ago before children, would not be hearing the lovely and soothing classical music I imagined.
Instead, we’ll be bombarded by steel guitars, so I’m told by someone who’s twice heard the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert. The few token string instruments in the band are, he claims, barely audible above the rest of the instruments. Still, he says, we’ll see and hear an outstanding performance which also includes pyrotechnics.
Alright then. Fire and loud rock music. Cool.
The band’s 2012 holiday tour marks the debut performance of their rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve,” fusing elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway and R & B music. I doubt Randy is aware of the “opera” tag.
The performance tells a story that “encompasses a run-down hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, a Gothic cathedral and their respective inhabitants all intertwined during a single enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City.”
Cool. I appreciate a good story, even if this one’s not set in a quaint Siberian village.
FOR ANY OF YOU who may be wondering, yes, my spouse was fully aware that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a rock band. Hey, I’ve never claimed to know much about music.
Have any of you attended this band’s holiday show? If so, should I bring ear plugs and what’s your review of the performance?
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling