Behind The Music: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO)

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Over the past decade the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has become a favorite Christmas tradition of many. TSO, a rock orchestra, has its own unique musical sound, unlike anything else out there.

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Over the past decade the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has become a favorite Christmas tradition of many. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra combines various elements to create a thrilling Christmas themed show. TSO, a rock orchestra, takes ordinary Christmas carols to the next level by adding a rock twist. On the official TSO website, www.trans-siberian.com, TSO founder and composer Paul O’Neil explains the goal of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s music is to evoke emotion from its’ listeners.

Paul O’Neil founded the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996. TSO’s music has its own unique musical sound, unlike anything else out there. The unique Trans-Siberian Orchestra sound combines elements of classical, rock, Broadway, and R & B. Another way TSO is different is Paul O’Neil and his co-composers, Robert Kinkel and Jon Oliva, wrote all the music before finding the musicians to bring the pieces to life. By doing this O’Neil and his comrades avoided becoming limited by a musician’s limitations.    

Every year the Trans-Siberian Orchestra goes on tour to perform their music, live. In addition to the tours, TSO has six retail releases. Their first release was their debut album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”. Their most recent release was “The Christmas Trilogy”, a boxset that includes “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”, “The Christmas Attic”, and “The Lost Christmas Eve”; plus “The Ghost of Christmas Eve” on DVD. 

Paul O’Neil, Robert Kinkel, and Jon Oliva are all experienced composers. Paul O’Neil has worked with some of the biggest names in music including AC/DC, Def Leopard, Madonna, and Sting. The unique sound of TSO is the product of Paul O’Neil. Growing up O’Neil had a wide range of musical influences like Jim Croce and Queen. O’Neil first worked with Kinkel and Oliva on producing music for the band Savatage. When O’Neil came up with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concept he asked the two to be his co-composers.

Robert Kinkel studied music at Hamilton College. Like Paul O’Neil, Robert Kinkel has worked with some pretty big names in the music industry. Kinkel has produced music for bands like The Who and The Police. He has also done music for television shows. Jon Oliva is a self-taught musician. Savatage was Oliva’s band. The original name for the group was Avatar.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra just recently released their 2009 touring schedule. TSO will be on the road for two months straight, starting in November. The TSO tour will span over 35 states and a number of Canadian provinces. The tour kicks off on Sunday, November 1st in Youngstown, Ohio and Council Bluff, Iowa. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra ends their tour Sunday, January 3rd in Columbus, Ohio and Nashville, Tennessee. To find out if the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be stopping in your area visit http://www.trans-siberian.com/ontour/index.php.

SOURCES
1. www.trans-siberian.com      

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