Thursday, December 03, 2015

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in San Jose

An early Christmas present from the best wife in the world brought us into the Shark Tank in San Jose for tonight's Trans-Siberian Orchestra show of "Ghosts of Christmas".

Once the show started, it took me a couple songs to adjust to the sensory overload emanating from the stage.

Given this is a sports arena, the sound was reasonably good. A nice back-story pulled the various TSO pieces together. As far as I can tell they played everything from "The Lost Christmas Eve", several pieces from "Beethoven's Last Night" and the "Christmas Attic", as well as several songs from their newer albums.

The stage show was beyond my wildest imaginations.
Multiple integrated huge video screens - check.
Computer-controlled light show - check.
Laser show - check.
Pyrotechnics - check.
Flame throwers (!) - check.
Movable trusses with musicians above the heads of the audience - check.

A Polar Express inspired train theme during one of the songs - check.

The concert lasted for over 2.5 hours and we had a very good time, hearing some excellent solo singers, rocking music that gets the juices flowing, and a flawlessly produced and (a bit over the top) choreographed show. A great start into the Christmas Holiday season.

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