Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform "Beethoven's Last Night" at Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. For $35, you get one ticket for seating in sections 102, 103, 106, or 107 on Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. (up to a $70.75 value, including all fees).
Recognized by Billboard as one of the top 25 touring artists of the 2000s, Trans-Siberian Orchestra explodes onto the stage with a juggernaut of progressive rock and metal infused with symphonic instrumentation and themes. Surrounded by a spectacle of lasers and pyrotechnics, the band's 2012 tour covers the entirety of their millennial concept album Beethoven's Last Night, a rock opera set on the eve of the composer's death as he battles wits with the devil for control of his soul, his Tenth Symphony, and his collection of vintage ear trumpets. The show opens with the methodical triplets of Moonlight Sonata played on a lonesome piano, swelling and slowing before the thunderous arrival of drums and electric guitar. Plumes of flames blast from the stage as the group careens into the evening's centrepiece, "Requiem," a hard-rock interpretation of the Fifth Symphony, grounded by light-bending ax solos and tumbling violins punctuated by a heavenly backing choir.
After touring vocalist Georgia Napolitano emits the twinkling last notes of album closer "A Final Dream," fans can expect to hear a handful of Trans-Siberian covers and originals. Past audiences have seen their ear canals flooded by the heavy-metal theatrics of Savatage's "Chance" and "O Fortuna," the famed medieval poem and movie-trailer staple from the Latin text Carmina Burana. During bonus cuts such as these, fog will roll off the stage, prismatic displays of light will flash, and lasers will disintegrate any cameraphone bootleggers in the crowd.