• December 4, 2021
 Review+Story in Many Pics: TSO’s ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ Visits El Paso

Review+Story in Many Pics: TSO’s ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ Visits El Paso

On a day when the weather was less sunny and more Siberian, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra made a holiday stop in the Sun City, much to the delight of thousands of El Pasoans.

***Review by Bianca Delilah Cervantes | Photo Gallery by Andres Acosta

Every year, on the 1st of November, my dashboard is immediately programmed to Sunny 99.9 the first few seconds of my morning commute. I am that girl, all day, every day until Delilah herself wishes me a Merry Christmas on December 25.

Christmas music is medicine in my world, and I’ll happily overdose on all things holiday, particularly when it comes to entertainment. This year, I returned to the Don Haskins Center for the first time in 15 years to add some more light to my December with the traditional Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve show. I was delightfully blinded with Christmas spirit.

There’s no need to say how technology has moved snowy mountains in the past 15 years, and the production of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra was the robotic mosh pit of lights and lasers you never knew existed. Add Christmas cheer with a world-class talent lineup, and you’re head banging to Carol of the Bells in between firework explosions, dancing flames and floating stages.

My written words are microwaved powdered cocoa to the reality of stove-heated Abuelita chocolate when it comes to the actual set, but you get the idea.

The 2.5-hour show begins with a warm tease of what’s to come, sprinkling prancing light trusses and lasers into beautiful holiday compositions. It’s exquisitely framed in a story centered on the miracle of Christmas spirit, as the stage and light techs stretch their legs with breathtaking visuals that literally tickle the physical energy within through sole optics and acoustics.

The massive floating speakers could not drown out the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ of the captivated audience, their eyes wide with ear to ear perma-grins. There was magic happening inside the Don Haskins center, and the thrill was felt amongst all.

I do recall a residual fascination of the show during my first experience in 2002, but I can confidently say the elements of 2017 were powerful enough to send my family a group text that we would be adding the TSO to the family beginning next year to begin a new family tradition.

The Trans-Siberian orchestra gives more than just a music show, a Christmas program or a classical rock concert.

The group gifts the audience with the wealth of worldly talent exploding from their souls, received by open hearts. The annual visit from the TSO is an opportunity to experience the holidays through a unique form of art that only electrifies the meaning of Christmas.

Our very own Andres Acosta was at the Don and captured “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” in this Story in Many Pics

Bianca Delilah Cervantes

I'm a writer at heart. Though my soul delves in various crafts including but not limited to photography, event planning, marketing, sloppy two-stepping, crowdsurfing at good shows, saving animals (sometimes people) and pretending to be the Chopped champ every night in my kitchen. My career sense is gracefully schizophrenic, having jumped from working under the wing of a neurosurgeon (quickly learning the stomach couldn't handle bloody brains too well) broadcast television, marketing, retail advertising, event planning and concert booking. I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up. But I'm a writer at heart.

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