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Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Buffalo Saturday, Dec. 14

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Mon, Sep 9th 2019 01:40 pm
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to Buffalo in December. (Photo by David Rudd)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to Buffalo in December. (Photo by David Rudd)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the multi-Platinum, critically acclaimed progressive rock group, will bring its highly anticipated winter tour back to Buffalo this holiday season. 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, performed to 12,000 people in five cities in 1999, AND then exploded onto the national scene, eventually playing to 9 million fans over the course of 12 years (through 2011). The mega-hit “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” has grossed $377 million over 1,224 performances.

WKSE-AM “KISS 98.5” and WTSS “Star 102.5” welcome TSO back to Buffalo – to KeyBank Center – for two shows on Saturday, Dec. 14 (3:30 and 8 p.m.). Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, with a portion of the proceeds going to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Western & Central NY Chapter, and the John Oishei Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Tickets can be purchased at the KeyBank Center box office, online at www.tickets.com, or by calling 888-223-6000. All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and fees. No service charge applies at the KeyBank Center box office. Dates and times are subject to change without notice.

The concert is presented by Metamorphic Productions.

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 fans that it turned into a wildly successful tour, cementing the group’s status as a must-see, multigenerational holiday tradition. This year’s multi-sensory extravaganza is set to begin 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 & Other Stories” takes listeners all over the world to help reunite a young girl with her distraught father.

The album and tour feature 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, the tour will enjoy a new second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers, including "Christmas Canon" and “Wizards In Winter.”

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. In July, 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 925,000 tickets sold). Additionally, in July, TSO was featured in Billboard’s Money Makers of 2018.

TSO’s 2019 winter tour is presented by Hallmark Channel.

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