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Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 'Beethoven's Last Night'
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
TICKETS: $40.50, $50.50 and $60.50
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Christmas comes a little early for Trans-Siberian Orchestra fans Tuesday night at the Civic Center -- just so long as the fans aren't actually expecting Christmas carols.
The larger-than-life rock opera outfit best known for its annual holiday tours is out this spring with one of its non-holiday shows, which musical director Al Pitrelli said is just as big, loud and as much fun as one of the group's winter shows.
"It's a big arena-rock show times a million," Pitrelli said. "We're going to come and do our show, but we're going to be entirely enveloped in lasers and video screens.
"It's over the top -- just like it's supposed to be."
The show is called "Beethoven's Last Night." Written by TSO composer and lyricist Paul O' Neill and sound engineer Robert Kinkel, it was released as a concept rock album in 2000. Songs from the album were occasionally featured in TSO concerts, but it wasn't until 2010 that the full record was toured as a show.
The album recently was reissued as a double CD set and includes the narration used during live performances.