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Trans-Siberian Orchestra bring the holidays to you

When it comes to Christmas music, what better way to celebrate the holiday season than rocking out to wailing guitars and merry metal renditions of your favorite holiday tunes? Earlier this fall, the critically-acclaimed holiday favorite, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, announced its highly anticipated Winter Tour 2017. For more than two decades, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) and its annual winter tours have been a beloved holiday tradition for people of all ages.

The 2017 tour will celebrate the life and accomplishments of the group’s late founder and artistic visionary, Paul O’Neill, and his creation in which he dubbed as “Rock Theater.” Prior to his untimely passing, O’Neill and his team worked tirelessly to prepare new awe-inspiring effects and staging for a thrilling new take on “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” for this year’s tour that is certain to make the story even more exciting and engaging for audiences.

Now traveling with two separate touring entities, the revamped presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” will kick off on November 16th visiting more than 60 cities, for over 100 performances, including a stop here in the Queen City on December 7th, before it concludes on December 30th.

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long-running PBS fundraiser, the rock opera features fan favorites such as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” The tour will also rouse a second set featuring more of TSO’s popular hits and crowd-pleasers.

A portion of every ticket purchase will benefit select local charities, according to the news release. More than $13 million has been distributed from TSO to charities all across North America to date.

Earlier this year, TSO tragically lost another longtime member, bassist Dave Z (David Zablidowsky). For fans who would like to make additional donations in Paul or Dave’s names, TSO suggests they “do something unusually kind or generous for someone less fortunate or for someone who could just use a helping hand.”

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Born and raised in North Carolina, Cynthia Haithcock is a self-taught photographer who has always had a love for taking photos. Along with photography, music is also one of her greatest passions in life. She attended her first concert in her early teens, which soon after resulted in her spending most of her youth at numerous gigs. She quickly became addicted to documenting the music scene and began further pursuing digital imagery while shooting local rock and metal bands in various cities around NC. She later joined Shutter 16 in 2011 and has since had the opportunity to cover many talented acts, both local and national. From crowded bars, to sold out stadiums, few things make her happier than being behind the lens, especially when it involves combining and sharing her favorite forms of art.

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