Trans-Siberian Orchestra coming to New Orleans on Dec. 18

Multi-platinum progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra heads to New Orleans this holiday season. The band will bring a multi-sensory extravaganza to the Smoothie King Center as part of its “Winter Tour 2019” on Dec. 18.

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Tickets for the one-night-only show go on sale Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wounded Warrior Project NOLA Community. Reserved tickets start at $36.50.

Returning with all-new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.” This year’s tour set to begin on Nov. 13 and will visit 66 cities for 109 performances across North America before concluding on Dec. 30.

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A product of the vision and imagination of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” began the unique format O’Neill called “Rock Theater” and forged a deep connection with their fans that it turned into the wildly-successful tour, cementing the group’s status as a must-see, multi-generational, holiday tradition and kick-started the trend of Yuletide season tours.

“Christmas Eve and Other Stories” is based on the triple-platinum album of the same name and follows a story by TSO’s late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill.  In keeping with the classic line “If You Want To Arrange It, This World You Can Change It,” the story is set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to bring back what is best representative of humanity.

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Following favorite themes of “strangers helping strangers” and “the kindness of others,”  “Christmas Eve & Other Stories” takes listeners all over the world to help reunite a young girl with her distraught father. The album and tour feature such fan-favorites as “Ornament” and the epic “Old City Bar,” both of which have not been performed live in recent years.

The rock opera also features such TSO classics as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” Additionally, the tour will enjoy a new second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers including “Christmas Canon,” “Wizards In Winter” and many more.

Since its historic touring debut, TSO has played nearly 2,000 Winter Tour shows for more than 16 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $725 million, and has sold in excess of 12 million albums and DVDs.