Upcoming: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, December 27, Palace of Auburn Hills {Detroit area}

*Disclosure: I received TSO tickets in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

The TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) will be at the Palace of Auburn Hills this month, and I'm excited to finally attend one of its shows! I've heard a lot about the TSO, and I know it will be a great concert.

A little bit about the show:
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will wrap up 2014 by performing their rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time in arenas across the nation on their Winter Tour 2014, including two shows at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, December 27 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets are $74, $64, $54, $44 and $34 reserved, and can be bought here. A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sale benefits The Salvation Army and Gilda’s Club.

While 1998's The Christmas Attic features one of the band's most popular songs “Christmas Canon,” surprisingly, it is the only album of The Christmas Trilogy never to be performed live. The 2014 Winter Tour will find TSO playing more than 120 shows in 71 cities across North America and presented nationally by Hallmark Channel. (see www.trans-siberian.com for details).

As in all previous years, a portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit select local charities. The consistent growth of TSO's touring popularity has increased the group's contributions and, to date, TSO has donated more than $11 million to local charities.

This will be my first time seeing them in concert, but I've heard only good things about them. If you look them up on youtube, as well, you can hear a few of their songs, as well as see some live performances that have been uploaded.

I play violin, too (though I was more active in high school and college with it), and I'm curious to see how the TSO blends rock music with instrumental. TSO's website says:
When Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was incredibly ambitious. "The whole idea," he explains, "was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries (of the genre) further than any group before... Way, way further."
Have you seen the TSO in concert before, and if so, what are some of your favorite TSO songs?

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