December 25, 2013 10:13PM
By Jocelyn Proto Record-Journal staff
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought their final performance of “The Lost Christmas Eve,” along with other tracks, to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, Dec. 19.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra was founded by Paul O’Neil, who has been in the music industry for many years.
He had a vision to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before. O’Neil began a relationship with the band Savatage, which introduced him to Jon Oliva, Bob Kinkel and Al Pitrelli, as well as reconnecting him with studio engineer Dave Wittman, who later became the original collaborators in O’Neil’s grand vision of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
They decided to take the music out on tour and began their live Christmas rock opera back in 1999 as an annual November-December Extravaganza. The show is filled with every imaginable effect you can think of, from lasers, fireworks, synchronized light shows, multiple stages — you name it they have incorporated it.
Their first installment of the night was the performance of “The Lost Christmas Eve,” where the story line was a little depressing at times, but had a sentimental ending.
The second part of the night was a mixture of music from their other albums. The light show and stage theatrics were fun to watch, but you had to question how this performance was related to the holidays.
I have seen Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the past and it was a show that amazes and you left feeling the holiday spirit. This time around it had it’s good moments, but was a little disappointed of the storyline.
On a positive note, for every tour stop, the group donates one dollar or more from each ticket sold to a local charity in the state they are performing in. They were able to spread the wealth across many charities across the state.