TSO just doesn’t do it for me, from the bits of them I’ve seen on commercials. The transparent plastic violins (if that was really the case, it might have just been the lighting) seemed gimmicky to me, and the overall effect and sound too reminiscent of Mannheim Steamroller.
I think it’s cool, AWB. Report back and let us know how it goes!
I’ve been to a Mannheim Steamroller concert, and was surprisingly meh about it. I still like their music, but the concert just didn’t do anything for me. However, I think a TSO concert would be outstanding. They play pretty frequently in Mpls, but I’ve never been.
My wife ended up being very tired Friday night, so I took my daughter to the TSO. It was great!
The show was an actual story (dunno whether to call it a musical or a rock opera) about Beethoven’s last night on Earth, where the Devil and Fate visit him regarding the destination of his soul.
We took our leave before the potential encores would start. As various artists were being introduced, my daughter and I scooted out. Seeing a few thousand San Antonians there made me realize that traffic would be a nightmare. (Municipal Auditorium is on th edge of downtown, with only narrow street access.)
The name is in tribute to the Trans-Siberian Railroad (Railway, if you insist).
I won’t vouch for this as the origin of the name, but unless someone can cite the interview it purports to be from, it looks like the best we’re going to get.
P.S. It appears that they have two touring orchestras, one for each coast. I noted this last year when I won tickets to their Chriatmas show at the Pond in Anaheim, and went to their website to try to learn the face value.