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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 Page 9 J Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing their acclaimed rock opera, The Lost Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 23m at the TD Garden. (Photo courtesy of So it's that time of year again where shopping takes precedence, dinner seems to be prepared only for the holi- day party of the week and before we know it January has set in with the wonder of where it all went. So, I am here to remind you to take time out, spread some holiday cheer and spend time with the fam- ily or that special loved one. This week I focus on festive events "Around Town" for all to enjoy. Christmas Eve Rocks into Boston .... For the first time ever, Trans-Siberian Or- chestra will be performing their acclaimed rock opera The Lost Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 23rd at the TD Garden. You can see this exciting on-stage pre- miere of a heart-warming story of loss and redemption on a magical Christmas Eve in New York City. While the snowflake was nestling in amongst its fel- low winter travelers, down- town in the business district on Wall Street, all was un- usually quiet. The streets were empty of people and cars and a thick layer of still falling snow muffled every- thing, even the footsteps of dreams on their way to to- morrow. Everyone had gone home early to prepare for all the promised magic of the next day and the lights were out in every office window. Well, nearly every office win- dow. Up on the fifty-eighth floor of one massive office building, a single office window was still brightly il- luminated in cold fluores- cent light. Within that office sat a businessman going through legal documents. He was a gentleman, in his early sixties with graying hair, but still in excellent physical condition. Calling for his secretary, the man was visibly annoyed to have received no response. Get- ting up, he looked out his office door only to see every desk and cubicle empty. "Christmas," he muttered disgustedly as he realized that everyone had long since gone and he would be getting no other work done this night. Putting on his coat and scarf, he grabbed his briefcase and left. Stepping out to the street, his frustra- tion mounted as he soon came to the conclusion that his probability of finding a cab was extremely low at best. Resigning himself to the situation, he pulled his coat a little tighter and started walking home. And the story continues from there. You can experience the joy and sadness of this modern rock version of the classic, "A Christmas Carol", and it will have a twist from an orchestra all its own. When Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, he said "It was to Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, The Who, but take it way, way further." With more than 7 million albums sold, TSO has in- spired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimen- sional art form of the rock opera. On the road, mean- while, they have become one of the world's top acts includ- ing a recent mention in Bill- board Magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade. With their resume long enough to fill my whole column, this unique holiday event is one that will never be forgotten. You can see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra per- form The Lost Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 23 with two showings at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm at the TD Gar- den. For ticket information you can contact the box of- fice at 617-624-1050 or visit I00 Legends Way in Boston. Christmas by Candlelight .... As times change from year to year there is one New England tradition you can count on to stay just the way it was when you were a kid. Each December Old Sturbridge Village trans- forms itself into a magnifi- cent candlelit 19th-century village for its annual "Christ- mas by Candlelight" celebra- tion. This is an escape from the frenzy of the modern Christmas season, giving families a chance to enjoy the old-fashioned spirit of the holidays and learn how today's favorite traditions originated. You can actually see "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" and hear why they were a favored treat in early New England. You can also learn the origins of candy canes, mistletoe, fruitcake and how poinset- tias were introduced to this country. The annual Ginger- bread House Contest is one of the most popular events at Christmas by Candlelight and visitors can vote for their favorites among doz- ens of hand-crafted entries. There is also the opportunity to be hands-on to make Christmas keepsakes while learning about the history of Christmas cards and craft a tin ornament while finding out the history of Christmas tree decorations. All ages are invited to tell Santa Claus what is on their holi- day wish list. Live perfor- mances include Victorian I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Front (from left]: Mark Jaster, Tim Sawyer and Sabrina Mandell play members of the Guild of Fools in The Christmas Revels. (Photo by Roger Ide) carolers, Punch and Judy puppet shows and five differ- ent holiday-themed readings including "l'was the Night Be- fore Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas with nativity stories along with Bob Olson's Holiday Magic Show. A model train display returns this year and other Christmas by Candle- light exhibits include an extensive n~tivity set with hundreds of pieces and a miniature New England vil- lage. Musical performers in- clude a wide range of pro- fessional, student and com- munity musicians including Full Gael Celtic Christmas, Worcester Men of Song, Quin- tebrass, Boston Jazz Voices, Geoff and Talia Brown Acous- tic Christmas, Broadmoor Chamber Shgers, Calliope Young at Heart Singers, the Quaboag Choral Society and the Old Sttrbridge Village Singers. Tiree different handbell chdrs will be fea- tured: the IV~rrimack Valley Ringers, Eln Street Hand- bells and the Tantasqua Fac- ulty Handbel Choir. This is one of those events for the whole family to attend and see some old time favor- ites. Christnas by Candle- light will t',ke place from 4:00 pm to t,:00 pm on Fri- day, Saturdty and Sunday evenings D~ember 7th-9th, 14th-16th ant 21~t-23~d. The Museum Gft Shop and Oliver Wight Tavern will be open for hoiday shopping and dining luring Christ- mas by Carfllelight. Event sponsors are Fallon Commu- nity Health Ilan and Savers Bank. For rmre information visit or call 508-347-3362. The Boston Pops Hits the Pavement .... The Bos- ton Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart take the beloved Holiday Pops on the road, sharing Boston's original Christmastime tradition with seven cities throughout the Northeast. The tour will be- gin December Ist through the 16th and the pro-gram will feature Mr. Lock-hart leading the Boston Pops along with guest vocal group Five by Design. Capturing all the charm and magic of the New England holiday season, the Boston Pops will perform music from The Nutcracker along with holiday perenni- als such as Carol of the Bells, Let It Snow!, Jingle Bells, Holly Jolly Christmas and Sleigh Ride as well as a dramatic presentation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christ- mas -- all featuring cel- ebrated vocal group Five by Design. At each venue a dif- ferent local personality will narrate a performance of Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Santa Claus himself will make a guest appear- ance during performance finale -- a full-audience Bos- ton Pops sing-along includ- ing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Winter Wonderland. As for right here at home, returning to the Boston Symphony Orchestra podium for the third consecutive season, French conductor Stephane Deneve, chief (Continued "on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWWJUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM #