The ACC was bustling with families and couples anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Sure, I had heard their version of "Carol of the Bells" on the radio, but I had no idea how amazing they truly were until we sat down inside and silhouettes of men in tailed suits came running on stage.
The lasers and pyrotechnics are incredible, but the lights definitely play a dominant role in the production of the Trans-Siberian performance. As they began their set, the impact of their electric guitars went full throttle with the reds, purples, greens, and gold, magnifying each note and sending your pupils in a flutter. The gorgeous operatic vocals of Tany Ling in front of thousands of LED stars and the hilarious intermission by Chris Caffery made the performance truly unique. It's a show for fans of rock, opera, or classical....what band has been able to do that before?
What impressed me about the performance is they didn't mask the true meaning of Christmas; Jay Pierce and Tony Gaynor kept the Christ in Christmas (is there any other way??) and the audience loved it. Tony played the narrator who pieced together a story about a Christmas angel sent from God who flew down to earth on Christmas Eve. Jay Pierce sang amazingly on pitch and when he let out his final note on the gospel songs, you could hear a pin drop in the ACC, people were in complete awe, seconds later a thunderous roar of applause occurred.
What's amazing about Trans-Siberian, is they don't exclude anything in their performance. Each performer has an equal amount of time to show their talent (sweet drum solo by Jeff Plate!), they keep the true meaning of Christmas, and their new arrangements on classical and Christmas songs blend in harmony with the original song construction. I'm definitely making Trans-Siberian Orchestra part of our family's holiday tradition each year from herein.
You can catch the Trans-Siberian Orchestra tomorrow (December 15, 2005) on Regis and Kelly, and for those fortunate enough to attend a performance, check out their tour dates and pray they come to your neck of the woods very soon:
Writer: Lindsay Whitfield