Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Holidays…

August 9th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Palace in April, 2010 (photo by Lindsay Malachowski)

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Albany's Palace Theatre in April, 2010 (photo by Lindsay Malachowski)

Considering that we still haven’t even reached the half-way mark of August, it seems a bit like rushing the season to be making announcements about Christmas concerts, don’t it?

Regardless, here are a few new holiday concerts that will be headed our way along with the upcoming snowstorms…

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be making their annual Christmas trek to Nippertown for two shows (3 & 8pm) at the Times Union Center on Monday, December 26. On-sale date and ticket prices TBA.

“The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis” is headed into the Palace Theatre in Albany on Sunday, November 27. Showtime, on-sale date and ticket prices TBA.

Jim Brickman’s “A Christmas Celebration!” at the Palace Theatre at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 8. Priced at $32, $42 and $52; VIP $77, tix go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 9.


LIVE: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Times Union Center, 12/26/10

December 27th, 2010, 1:08 pm by Greg

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra

As a record snow storm bore down on Albany the day after Christmas, the faithful filled the Times Union Center for their annual dose of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. For those unfamiliar with TSO, picture a ’90s hair band that collided with a chorus, and a small string orchestra. Then add in a light and effects show that could rival any arena rock band of the past two decades, and you get the idea. TSO stormed into the TU Center for two shows on Sunday and gave the near-capacity crowd exactly what they came for: high tech holiday music with lot of heart and some great production values.

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Merry Christmas from Trans-Siberian Orchestra

August 9th, 2010, 3:30 pm by Greg

Hot enough for ya out there today?

Well, this little tidbit might cool you down a bit – the Trans-Siberian Orchestra today announced their annual holiday tour dates, and, of course, they’re headed back to Albany for their annual stop at the Times Union Center with their over-the-top, laser-laden spectacular.

This year, however, they won’t be pulling into town until the day after Christmas – Sunday, December 26. Two shows: 3 & 7:30pm.

No on-sale date has been announced yet, but TSO creator Paul O’Neill says that ticket prices will start as low as $25.

(Related story: Read our review of TSO’s concert at the Palace Theatre back in April.)

LIVE: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, 4/10/10

April 12th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

It wasn’t Christmas. There wasn’t even snow on the ground. And yet there was a pretty large turnout for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Saturday night when they brought their rock opera, “Beethoven’s Last Night,” to Albany’s Palace Theatre.

The TSO was pieced together in 1995 by Paul O’Neil, whose background in managing big rock bands was evident in the numerous long-haired, guitar-waving male musicians onstage. Similar to their annual Christmas performances, the songs were woven together by a rhyming storyline that took up nearly half of the show. And through no fault of his own, Bryan Hicks’ narration felt more like being at a children’s story-time circle than a sophisticated symphony concert or an arena-rock show.

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