Orchestral rock is grandiose. It's majestic. And guess what? Those attributes link up well with the celebration of Christmas. The prog rock of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and all that goes with it — lasers, pyrotechnics, smoke and sizzle — has become a cottage industry for the band, now in its third decade of existence. The TSO's 2004 album, The Lost Christmas Eve, was the last in their so-called "Christmas Trilogy," further evidence that, when it comes to ho-ho-hos, these guys don't screw around. The story (yes, there is one) makes its way to Hartford's XL Center on Dec. 20, just before the mad rush of late-night present-wrapping, stocking stuffing and last-minute shopping. It's a great way to blow off some steam and bask in the splendour of orchestral rock. And Christmas.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve
Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m., $33-$71, XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, (860) 249-6333, xlcenter.com.