Lights, music, orchestra

Friday, January 21, 2011

A vibrant old friend is coming to town in May. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra released dates to its fan club for an American tour this spring.

The organization is currently playing in Europe. While the date hasn't been announced to the public, TSO tells its fan club members that May 12 will be the Cape Girardeau date.

The Show Me Center, which hosted the rock opera at Christmas from 2004 to 2006, will present the show again. Shannon Buford, marketing director at the venue, said they haven't received the official contract with ticket prices and release dates, but that May 12 was the date the Show Me Center had reserved for TSO.

The only thing left to do is sign on the dotted line and the spectacle of lights will be official and tickets will be on sale.

I put the news on my blog at the beginning of the week, and readers reacted as though a favorite aunt was coming to town for a visit.

The show's 2011 tour brings Ludwig von Beethoven to life on the night he is faced with death. "Beethoven's Last Night" weaves a tale of the German composer finishing his Tenth Symphony and then dealing with Mephistopheles, a folk form of the devil.

Mephistopheles wants Beethoven's music and soul, but Beethoven refuses to deprive the population of his works -- especially this Tenth Symphony, which he believes to be his best thus far.

The climate in our office often calls for a light jacket, but the bumps that arose on my arms and the shiver through my body earlier this week erupted more from the TSO videos connected to its Facebook page -- a pale representation of this pageant of light and classical music that illustrates this Beethoven fable.

Check it out and stay tuned for ticket information.

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