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Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s holiday tour ends in Seattle

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra in rehearsal. The band will play at KeyArena in Seattle Dec. 31.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra in rehearsal. The band will play at KeyArena in Seattle Dec. 31. Courtesy

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has announced a 61-city North American tour, beginning Nov. 17 in Youngstown, Ohio, and finishing New Year’s Eve at Seattle’s Key Arena and Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. Now celebrating 20 years, the progressive rock group will play its “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour in 105 shows. Tickets go on sale Sept. 16 (Sept. 7-9 for fan club members).

Launched in 1996 by composer Paul O’Neill, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a multi-platinum-winning rock band whose 2015 album “Letters from the Labyrinth” spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s rock chart. The band has sold more than 10 million albums and DVDs.

“The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” debuted live last year, based on the orchestra’s DVD and annual PBS fundraiser and playing to more than 850,000 people across 60 cities. A rock opera telling the story of a teen runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater Dec. 24, only to encounter both its caretaker and its ghosts, the show includes orchestra favorites such “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Christmas Canon” and “Music Box Blues.” Segments of the TV show are interspersed with the live band and narration. The 2016 tour features an all-new set of hits.

Each online concert ticket includes a digital audio copy of the songs, and $1-$2 of every sale goes to local charities.

“This show was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live onstage,” said O’Neill in the press release. “The overwhelming response from the fans during the 2015 Winter Tour drove the band’s decision to take it back out on the road this year.”

The tour plays Key Arena at 3 and 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets ($41-$73) will be available at

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