Friday ◊ January 24th, 2014 ◊ 7:30 p.m.
Considered one of the great pianists of our time, Jeffrey biegel has created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch have received critical acclaim and garnered praise worldwide.
International Steinway artist, Jeffrey Biegel, inaugurates the Betty Airestock Memorial Concert in honor of Moravian College’s recently completed All-Steinway status. Mr. Biegel performs a program that includes: Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, Bach’s French Suite No. 5, Chopin’s Ballade No. l, Paderewski’s Nocturne in B-flat Major, and J. Strauss Jr’s By the Beautiful Blue Danube. This concert is presented in partnership with Jacobs Music. A reception follows the concert. For more information on Jeffrey Biegel, visit: www.jeffreybiegel.com
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I attended the 4:00 pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra show at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA this afternoon. I have always been a big fan of TSO but have never been to one of their concerts. Now I am an even bigger fan!
The concert lasted two hours and 35 minutes. It’s divided into two parts. Their new Christmas production, The Lost Christmas Eve and then after an introduction of the band and singers, they played a string of their songs from previous albums. They ended with their Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen mash-up (which gets played on the radio a great deal this time of year).
Musically, I think they are superb. Their level of talent is phenomenal and the music speaks for itself. What you miss out on by not seeing them live is their incredible stage production. All is can say is, WOW! Lasers, strobes, fog, fire, pyrotechnics, elevated platforms and musicians running through the audience playing, is just some of what you can expect. It is sensory overload, but in a good way. I just saw Australian Pink Floyd at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA last month. They have an amazing stage production and laser light show but it was nothing like what we were treated to by TSO! This was Pink Floyd on steroids!
The crowd was into it and TSO really fed off of our energy. They were doing a second show at 8:00 pm! People were waiting to get in as we were leaving. I bet they get an equally great show. You can tell this group of musicians loves what they do! They were having a great time entertaining us.
The tickets were very reasonably priced and my friends and I felt we got great value for our money based on the length of the show, the stage production and quality of the music.
I give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to TSO and highly recommend you go to one of their concerts if you are a fan. You won’t be sorry!
To check out TSO tour dates or learn more about the group, you can visit their website here: http://www.trans-siberian.com/
Happy second day of Christmas!