Are you feeling Grinchy in winter snow, ice and cold, West Michigan? Got a case of the Krampus this Christmas? Then get thee to Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform its rock opera "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve." Think you can't afford TSO? Think again because tickets start at an affordable un-Scrooged $64. Let TSO burn away those winter blues and ring in the Winter Solstice!

TSO rocks Christmas past and yet to come

Other groups have blended classical orchestral music with heavy metal, notably Queen, Led Zepplin and Jethro Tull.

But TSO creator Paul O'Neill owned the unorthodox crossover fusion. TSO steps up Pink Floyd's light shows with live-action pyrotechnics and fireworks. With a nod to Mannheim Steamroller, O'Neill and co-collaborators developed Christmas music into full-fledged rock operas. The first was Christmas Eve and Other Stories, followed by The Christmas Attic and The Lost Christmas Eve. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve is the most recent and will feature old favorites melded into a new story line. TSO plays on famous works of literature and "Christmas Ghosts" covers "It's a Wonderful Life" and the Dickensian, "A Christmas Carol" with notes of O.

Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker." It follows a runaway into an spooky abandoned old vaudeville theater for spectral visits from player's past.

TSO reprises beloved Christmas songs

TSO's "Christmas Trilogy" and "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" bring back favorites like "Good King Joy", "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24," "O’ Come All Ye Faithful," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep,", "This Christmas Day" and of course "Christmas Cannon." TSO appears, in newer musicals, to have a better balance between electric guitars and classical instruments (the former tending to drown out the latter in the past).

TSO defines Christmas but doesn't limit itself to holiday classics. Beethoven's Last Night weaves Goethe's "Faust" into Beethoven's tenth symphony, showing the composer striking a deal with Mephistopheles. Trans-Siberian Orchestra's latest album, Night Castle sets La Boheme, Carmen and Dr Zhivago types stories to a rock orchestral beat. Within a year, the album went gold. See TSO on Dec. 22, at 3 pm or 8 pm at Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena.

But hurry before the flames die away and TSO is just another holiday memory!

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