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Review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra put on high-powered show

Arriving in advance of Thanksgiving parades and decorated shop windows, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought the Christmas season to town Sunday at the Consol Energy Center.

Led by the rock-roaring guitars of Chris Caffery and Joel Hoekstra, the band and its chorus and string section put on its expected show of high-powered music, lights and fireworks.

The show has become a Pittsburgh event, and the new Uptown site was filled for two shows with obvious newbies and TSO veterans. It has become a family event with quite a number of three-generation groups.

While the show was built around the familiar "Christmas Eve and Other Stories," it also offered bits of the new "Night Castle" and the upcoming "Gutter Ballet."

The band always finds new and dramatic ways of tantalizing the eyes, this time with a new array of background lights and mid-air runways that extended over the audience.

The new Consol showed itself to be a good site for such events with sound that was many steps above that in the Civic Arena.

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