Last night, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocked St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. As part of their annual holiday tour, TSO once again succeeded in entertaining a jam-packed house for two shows on Sunday. Both shows featured an array of musical talent (under the direction of world class guitarist and music director Al Pitrelli) that kept concert goers entertained from beginning to end.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra began their nearly three-hour performance with their annual Christmas act featuring creative renditions of classic holiday songs with a rock flare. Taking the lead from deep-voiced narrator Phillip Brandon, TSO told their classical Christmas story utilizing state-of-the-art lights and stage set. At first glance, TSO’s stage prior to the show looked like the set of the next Transformers movie. The group used a state-of-the-art rigging system that essentially put lights all over the stage and performers out on platforms floating above the audience on the main floor. By the time the show ended, I had to check to see if I still had eyebrows due to the extreme amount of pyrotechnics used during the show.
The performers are truly what make this performance a staple in many Minnesotans’ Christmas schedules each year. In my opinion, vocalist Chloe Lowery stole the show with her gorgeous voice and upbeat on stage presence. Keyboard masters Jane Mangini and Vitalij Kuprij put on a mind-bending solo performance, which was one of the most enjoyable portions of the show. The Shout House was not the only place to find dueling pianos in the Twin Cities last night
If you have a chance to see them next year at the Xcel Energy Center or another city, do not pass on the opportunity!