Headbangin' Christ Child

Consider the Trans-Siberian Orchestra one of the oddest concepts in rock opera if you must. But there's something about progressive power-metal guitarists teaming up with classically trained musicians to create a multimedia Christmas show that might just warm your heart. Or at least steam it up. What's a TSO show like? Think laser lights, dry ice, costumes, soaring vocals and searing guitar licks and you might get close. Created 10 years ago by three members of the metal band Savatage, the TSO uses a 60-piece orchestra and choir to record its best-selling albums, such as Christmas Eve and Other Stories and Lost Christmas. Who knew that Christmas carols as channeled through Alice Cooper would be such a big success? For its tours, the orchestra only uses about 30 musicians, singers and narrators, but the sound is plenty powerful. TSO weaves a rock opera story with nontraditional versions of favorite Christmas songs such as "What Child Is This?" and "O Come All Ye Faithful," as well as songs composed by composers Paul O'Neill and Robert Kinkel, like "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," an anthem that is played at every live show. Catch them 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the American Airlines Center. Tickets are $35.50 to $49.50. Visit ticketmaster.com.
Sat., Dec. 16, 3 & 8 p.m.
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