Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Winter 2010 concert review

As part of my son’s Christmas gift this year, he and I attended the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter 2010 concert in Duluth, GA, last evening. (Okay, I was not part of the gift; I was just the driver.)

Smartphone shot from the TSO concert, 12.10.10

We started off the night by forgetting the tickets. Thankfully, owing to an early start and a helpful spouse, we did not lose too much time and still made it to the arena in plenty of time.

We noticed immediately a very complex stage set up, but neither of us was prepared for the lights, screens, snow and fire that was to follow. Not to mention the amazing music that has made TSO a Christmas crowd favorite. They use enough spots and strobes to kill anyone prone to seizures, enough fire to give a pyromaniac a ten year rush, enough lasers for everyone to receive a free Lasik procedure, and have enough hair onstage to rival any three 80s bands combined. The 2:45 program made it well worth the price of the tickets.

TSO was introduced to me a number of years ago while standing in the middle of a Disney Store. A large music screen featured the video of ‘Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24).’ I was captivated by the music more than the content of the video. It remains my favorite work of TSO, and, in my judgment, the best contemporary contribution to the Christmas genre in the last 25 years or more. While I personally do not prefer most of their vocal arrangements, I love their instrumental compositions. [Continued below video…]

The concert experience is much more theatrical than I expected. TSO is nothing if not about presentation. If you enjoy symphonic rock, and have never heard the Trans Siberian Orchestra, give them a try. It is likely that you will not be disappointed. You can check tour dates here.

Marty Duren

Just a guy writing some things.

  • Beth L.

    Wow, I had no idea their concerts were so elaborate! And that really is a lot of hair.

  • Dude- the “here” link isnt working… I cant check out the tour dates!

    • Marty Duren

      Ok. I got it fixed. Thanks.

  • john

    We’re interested in seeing the TSO. But, our boys are 8 and 10. Not sure how age approriate it is. Any comments regarding rating the show content like a movie/tv show? i.e. is it G, PG, PG-13?

    • Marty Duren

      John-
      Thanks for asking.

      There are a group of female singer/dancers who are dressed somewhat less that completely modest. It was almost like short shorts with tux tails or something. I don’t know how to describe it; I just looked at something else while they did their thing. Their “dancing” was more like a mild cheerleading routine. In no way did they take up a majority of the concert and for many songs they were not even on the stage.

      As far as the spoken and sung content, I don’t remember anything objectionable at all. Even during intros when inappropriate language could have been used, it wasn’t. I hope this helps and is not too late.