Best Rock-Classical Christmas Music Mix: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

One November evening in the late 1990s my husband I were returning home from Christmas shopping. The radio was playing Christmas music, which my husband was tolerating. I smiled at him while he raised his eyebrow at me. I love the classic songs: "O Holy Night," "What Child is This," "Mary Did You Know," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Santa Clause is Comin' to Town," "Silent Night," and the list goes on.

From Thanksgiving to Christmas, he knows I am going to have Christmas music playing in the car and the house. Oh the poor man... Whatever!

I LOVE Christmas music and the way it makes me feel good. I want to buy gifts, give hugs, decorate the tree, and spend time with family - ALL of them. Christmas music is magical to me, but that "happy, happy, joy, joy" description does not describe my husband. I have to laugh and sing, "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" to him. It is not from a lack of trying to get him into the Christmas Spirit.

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All of a sudden a seemingly subdued cello melody of "God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen" began to play. It began to crescendo into this awesome hard rock melody with "Carol of the Bells" ringing out in rock opera fashion. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" remained the chorus of this instrumental phenomena.

My husband looked over at me and we both reached for the volume. "TURN IT UP!" was in both of our eyes.

The pounding drums and piano, screaming electric guitar, and amazing electric fiddle vibrate through the air making our hearts pound.

We didn't know whether to be "air" directors, play "air" drums, or play the "air" guitar.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra had combined two great classic Christmas songs, into one heart-pounding, head-banging, electrifying Christmas anthem.

We were breathless. It was like our generation had arrived in the world of Christmas carols - with a PASSIONATE BANG!

"Mr. Grinch" actually liked it. I was amazed. For him, the words were not enough. There needed to be a perfect instrumental rock element to stir his Christmas Spirit. Okay, I get it.

Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24
Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

Christmas Eve and Other Stories

What we were listening to was Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" from their album Christmas Eve and Other Stories. We had to have it.

So we bought it and played the totally awesome rock/classical/opera mix for our friends then they wanted it.

It made great gifts for those of us who grew up in the '80's loving the classic rock of the 70's and hard rock of the '80's. Elements of Queen, The Who, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, along with Chopin and Beethoven. What a mix! Even our kids had to have their own copy of the CD. Now, we have to have the MP3 downloads for our iPhones, iPads, and iPods. It is as classic as the rock bands that every kid born after the 70's grew up with by either listening to it on the radio or having it played by their parents.

Paul O'Neill is the talent, creator, and imagination behind TSO. His creation has reached out to grab our social conscience.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert
Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert

It wasn't until years later that we realized the magnitude of O'Neill's message in TSO's rock opera's narrator, Phillip Brandon. His deep bass voice told of situations of need throughout the world. An Angel going to one part of the world then another. The Angel reported of the need for a Savior.


It was a message that was 2,000 years old. The Spirit of Christmas through Christ to be delivered to all. His miraculous birth held the true meaning of Christmas. The greatest gift of all. Unconditional love to all. An old message to a young audience with their style of music, rather than the old carols.


A spectacular light show with multi-screens as the stage backdrop showing war torn countries and the poor and desolate crying out to the world for Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Man.


We felt the heart-pounding compositions telling the story and the need for the true meaning of Christmas across the world all year round.


I give 5 Stars to TSO's groundbreaking Christmas Eve and Other Christmas Stories

5 stars for Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories

© 2012 Susan Holland

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

How can I argue when you wrote about what I think is also my favorite, Thank you


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

MHatter, so it's settled. No argument here. LOL TSO is awesome!

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Love it; this is also my favorite. Well done Susan; you have good taste! :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Bill! :-)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

I LOVE TSO. I haven't seen them live and I can just close my eyes and imagine the story narrated with the music. I bet it was magical to hear the two together. Now I feel this intense need to see a concert =)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Oh Ardie, if they are in your area, you have to go see them. It is an amazing show!

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful..I loved the video. so sweet. Thank you..


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, Always Exploring! It took me awhile to find a video that shows the depth of TSO. I am so glad you liked it.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susan....Naturally, I too love Christmas music, but I must confess. I need to be selective in what I listen to. I can enjoy the cheerful, light and peppy tunes......but the more somber and emotional Christmas Carols make me cry until I sob. I can't help but feel such an overwhelming sense of missing so many of my loved ones. The sentiment is beyond my control........Here's to blessed Holidays......UP+++


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Paula, I know what you mean. Nothing like Christmas music to bring a tear to my eye when remembering loved ones and times gone by. Such happy memories, but I miss them so much.

If you like the style of TSO, I don't think you would be disappointed. Much of it is instrumental. They send the "Peace on Earth" message and do kind things for others - the best Christmas or anytime gift we can give.

I hope you, too, have a blessed Holiday, my sweet, funny, wonderful friend! You give me the gift of a smile each time I see your comments, and I appreciate you so much!

Thanks for dropping by and the votes! :-)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I've heard your video tune many times before but did not know it was from the Trans-Siberian orchestra. I've always loved the mix of traditional and modern instruments. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

ALocsin, you would love the CD. Be sure your read the "booklet" that has the script of the TSO performance. Such an awesome mix!

Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

New to me so thanks for sharing


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

They are really awesome. I hope you get to hear more of their music. :-)

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

This is great. Funny enough, my discovery of them was within the last decade when I saw one of those houses with engineered lights and music! I heard "Wizards in Winter" for the first time and I was hooked. You talk about great memories. Now, every year it's a family tradition for our family to visit one of those type of houses that's right down the road from all of us. A member of the church is an engineer and he plays many songs with his orchestra of lights including one "Wizards in Winter" Great Hub, voting it up!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Kasman, I LOVE the houses who sync TSO music with their lights. It is so awesome. I almost used one of those videos, but I thought the one with the little girl was more poignant.

Thanks for dropping by!! Merry Christmas!! :-)

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