Trans-Siberian Orchestra

For two decades, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has been lighting up arenas around the world.

The annual Christmas tour will bring a new narrative and light show with its hard rock-tinged Christmas music back to Kansas City.

Touring behind “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” it will perform at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

On tour for more 20 years, the group is one of the perennial American holiday performers and has provided a soundtrack for the season, from tours and Christmas light displays to commercials

Al Pitrelli, a hard rock guitarist and live music director for the band since the start, says it still blows his mind that people care so much for it.

“It’s kind of like anything else. When you’re starting something, it seems like a daunting task ... It’s almost like when my one of kids were born. When they’re an infant, it’s like ‘Uh-oh. How am I going to take care of this? Am I going to be a good provider?’” he said in a previous interview with St. Joe Live.

Based on the group’s DVD and PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” will feature new special effects, staging and a fresh design from the team picked by the group’s late creator, Paul O’Neill.

People will hear all the hits they’ve come to expect — “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.”

“It does have the familiarity of what they’ve known and just enough new stuff to keep them all on the edge of their seat,” Pitrelli says.

It’s an experience the band won’t soon forget, as the members continuously remix, re-imagine and refresh the stage show to include more lights, pyro, guitar solos and monstrous sound.

“I’m thankful for what is going on right now. I’m not going to worry about next year,” Pitrelli says “My dad told me ‘If you’re having a miserable life, it will take forever to go by. If you’re having the best one ever, it will go by in 10 to 15 minutes.’ Mine has gone by in six.”

— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live

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