Trans-Siberian Orchestra:”Beethoven’s Last Night”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

“One a late night in the spring of 1827 the city of Vienna is experiencing the largest lightning storm in its long history. Within a large disheveled room, Ludwig Von Beethoven is slumped over his piano and on the piano sits the just completed manuscript for his Tenth Symphony. It is his final, and he is certain, his greatest work. As the clock strikes midnight, Mephistopheles appears to collect the great composer’s soul. Looking into the abyss of eternity Beethoven is horrified but the devil has an offer and the bargaining begins…”

So begins Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s live performance of “Beethoven’s Last Night” in its entirety. Come experience the tale of Beethoven’s last night on earth. Combining what happened with what might have happened, the story revolves around the tough choice that the composer must make with what will be his life’s legacy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JOmJ-X9Yb0

…When Paul O’Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was ambitious. “The whole idea,” he explains, “was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who…but take it way, way further.”

With more than 7 million albums sold TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. On the road, meanwhile, they have become one of the world’s top acts including a recent mention in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade. With a $20 million-plus production that has played to over 7 million people in 80+ cities, selling more than $280 million worth of tickets.

O’Neill, a New York City native grew up “with a wide-ranging world of musical influences around me,” particularly the previously mentioned rock ‘n’ roll titans. But O’Neill also soaked up sources such as Broadway musicals, Motown and singer-songwriters such as Jim Croce and Harry Chapin, while authors such as Oscar Wilde and Robert Graves fueled his literary tastes. He began his career playing guitar for touring productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair, then went to work in the late 70’s for Leber-Krebs Inc., the Manhattan management company whose clients included Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, Def Leppard, the Scorpions, the New York Dolls and scores of others. In the 80’s, O’Neill became a major promoter in Japan as well, but returned to the States to start writing and producing full-time.

“We were very fortunate,” he says. “It was one of the only labels left that still did an “old school” kind of artist development.” My original concept was; “We were going to do six rock operas, a trilogy about Christmas and maybe one or two regular albums.”

However, when Romanov got temporarily put on the back burner, the first installment of the Christmas trilogy, CHRISTMAS EVE AND OTHER STORIES became TSO’s debut album. Fueled by the socially conscious single “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” the album went double platinum. More platinum certifications followed with 1998’s THE CHRISTMAS ATTIC, and the final installment of the Christmas trilogy, THE LOST CHRISTMAS EVE in 2004. In the midst of completing the trilogy, TSO released their first non-holiday rock opera the gold certified BEETHOVEN’S LAST NIGHT.

“I’ve always believed that music has the power to transport and transform,” O’Neill explained. “The original concept of Trans-Siberian Orchestra was how to make music have the most emotional impact. We always try to write melodies that are so infectious they don’t need lyrics and lyrics so poetic that they don’t need a melody, but when you combine the two together they create an alloy where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Once those songs are woven together into a tapestry they create a story which gives each song a third dimension.”

Beethoven’s Last Night

Wed. Apr. 06, 2011

7:30 PM

Tullio Arena

Erie, PA

Thu. Apr. 07, 2011

7:30 PM

Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center

Reading, PA

Fri. Apr. 08, 2011

8:00 PM

Oncenter War Memorial Arena

Syracuse, NY
Sat, Apr 9 2011

3:0o p.m and 8:00 p.m.

Caesars Atlantic City

Ticketes: http://www.ticketmaster.com/TransSiberian-Orchestra-tickets/artist/780815?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name

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