The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
. But in some ways, the tour is just as traditional as Christmas ivy. For one, after performing The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
’s titular rock opera, the band plays a best-of set featuring old favorites like the instrumental medley “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.” And while the progressive rock band’s ’70s sound isn’t as old as yuletide, its holiday tale remains timeless, says Al Pitrelli, the orchestra’s music director, lead guitarist, lyricist and composer. “Everyone around the holidays is missing someone,” says Pitrelli, who includes himself in that group, as he’ll be shredding at the Toyota Center instead of being home with the family. This is why the song “This Christmas Day,” wherein a runaway teen reunites with her father, consistently affects concertgoers, posits Pitrelli.
3:30 and 8 p.m. Friday. 1510 Polk. For information, call 866-446-8849 or visit houstontoyotacenter.com
. $47.50 to $76.50.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra decks the halls with rock, not holly, in its 61-city North American tour