I went to my first opera tonight. Ok, it was a rock opera, but hey, it still has opera in the title, right? It was the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's
"Christmas Eve and Other Stories" show.
The story itself I felt was very well written. The narration berween songs was very poetic and brought about many emotions. I must admit, when the plot got to the typical sad-part-before-it all-comes-together, I had tears in my eyes. I was truely (sp?) moved by it.
The music was amazing. 2-3 guitars, 2 keyboardists, 1 bass guitar, 1 huge drumset, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, and various vocals. All I can say about the music is; wow. For anyone who even remotely likes loud rock music, this show is a treat. Same thing goes for classical music fans. They played several more pieces after the opera, including Beethoven's 5th (I can't help but wonder what B would think if he heard that version...)and Carmina Burana (I know I spelled it wrong...). There was also a lot of Tchaikovsky ('Mad Russian Suite' and 'The Silent Nutcracker') in both the opera and afterwards.
The lighting was outstanding. There were 5 different colors of lasers, along with probably a million dollars worth of different colored stage lights all over the place. Even more outstanding were the flame machines used during the Beethoven. They were shooting fireballs 20 feet into the air, I could feel the heat from them from my seat in the front row of the nosebleed section (can't imaging being on the drummer's platform, he was all but surrounded by them...)
I know this doesn't quite go with the theme of the board, but they did play some form of Beethoven.
If you're a rock fan, or simply a classical fan who wants to see something a little different, go see this show.
There are two different TSO's, one on the east, and one on the west, there's most likely a show near you.
5/5 winks (Deviating from my 'no English horn, automatic one-wink deduction' rule on this one)
Next week: TUBACHRISTMAS in Boise!!! (My 7th year.)
I also strongly recomend looking this one up too. THere are tubachristmases all over the country, so there's bound to be one near you. If you want to hear christmas carols played on all low brass (who wouldn't want to hear that?
) check it out. It's usually a free show. Boise tubachristmas plays in the awesome echo chamber that is the Rotunda of the Idaho state capitol building. You can still hear the TC concert echoing from last year
Aaron "yes, I play the tuba too" Rynearson
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