‘Tis The Season: The Wizards of Winter Announce Upcoming Holiday Rock Opera Tour
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 10/12/2015, 4:03 p.m.
Can you feel the spirit of Christmas in the air? Just in time to spread the joy of the holidays, yuletide rock ensemble WIZARDS OF WINTER are announcing “An Evening with Wizards of Winter” – a 20-city U.S. tour beginning November 19th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and ending on December 29th in Harrisburg, PA. Featuring original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the WIZARD OF WINTER perform an entire set of original holiday music at each stop of their theatrical, family-oriented rock opera experience. See below for a full listing of tour dates.
The “An Evening with Wizards of Winter” experience is emphasized by music from the ensemble’s recently released original Christmas rock opera album, Tales Beneath a Northern Star. The libretto and music together take the listener on a journey throughout space and time on the night of Christmas Eve in search of the true meaning of the season.
The WIZARDS OF WINTER are currently in the studio recording their brand new full-length album The Magic of Winter, coming soon. Take an early listen to their new single “The Spirit of Christmas” today via Asbury Park Press. *Be warned – this song is as addictive as Christmas cookies! Listen here: http://www.app.com/story/entertainment/2015/10/09/exclusive-new-wizards-winter-christmas-song/73654438/
Music Director and keyboardist Scott Kelly states, “The band is very excited to share some new music with our fans on our upcoming U.S. tour! We hope it will get people into the Christmas spirit early. All of us are proud to offer a tremendous holiday experience that the whole family can enjoy.”
Tickets for “An Evening with Wizards of Winter” are on sale now and available for purchase via www.wizardsofwinter.com/tour-dates/.
“An Evening with WIZARDS OF WINTER” Tour Dates:
11/19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
11/20 - Clearwater, FL @ The Capitol Theatre
11/21 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
11/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
11/27 - Wilkes Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts
11/28 - Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
12/3 - Concord, NH @ Capitol Center For The Arts
12/4 - Collingswood, NJ @ Collingswood Scottish Rite Theatre
12/5 - Easton, PA @ The State Theater Performing Arts Center
12/9 - Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
12/11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
12/12 - Kalamazoo, MI @ The Kalamazoo State Theatre
12/13 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12/16 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/17 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
12/18 - Effingham, IL @ Effingham Performing Arts Center
12/20 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
12/26 - Albany, NY @ The Egg
12/27 - Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater
12/29 - Harrisburg, PA @ The Forum
Throughout their history, the WIZARDS OF WINTER have performed to packed theaters throughout the Northeast. Every night is like lightning in a bottle with the ensemble firing at all cylinders, and every year, the band’s stage production becomes the new yearly tradition for another fan.
About WIZARDS OF WINTER:
The WIZARDS OF WINTER are an eclectic group of musicians from the NY/NJ/PA tri-state region who perform classical and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed event. While the group’s style is undoubtedly inspired by the genius of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the WIZARDS OF WINTER are far from a TSO tribute band. The the Wizards’ original material is very unique and has a broad audience appeal, applied in a more intimate setting.
As a testament to the virtuosity of the group, several original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra have joined the WIZARDS OF WINTER on their musical journey. Currently performing with the group are Guy LeMonnier and Tony Gaynor. Joe Cerisano, Tommy Farese and Michael Lanning, also former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, have performed with the band on occasion as well.
WIZARDS OF WINTER is:
Scott Kelly - Music Director, Keyboards
Steve Ratchen - Bass
Sharon Kelly - Flute, Vocals
Fred Gorhau - Guitar
Mary McIntrye - Keyboards, vocals
Tommy Ference - Drums
TW Durfy - Guitar
Natalia Niarezka - Violin
Guy LeMonnier - vocals
Vincent Jiovino - vocals
Tony Gaynor - Narration