It may still be summer, but winter is in the air. The holiday staple Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced dates for its 2008 Winter...

It may still be summer, but winter is in the air. The holiday staple Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced dates for its 2008 Winter Tour. The rock symphony kicks off its seasonal tour on November 1 with double performances in Iowa and Ohio and ends similarly on January 4 with shows in Texas and Ohio.

TSO will offer same-day matinee and evening performances at many of the venues on this extensive, 51-day tour. Two TSO bands are participating in the 2008 tour, which allows cities across the United States and Canada to host shows on the same day.

Founded in 1996, TSO incorporates elements of classical music, progressive rock and even heavy metal. The orchestra is best known for its unique renditions of holiday songs, making its performances and music a staple of the winter season.

The group debuted with “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” in October 2006 and has since followed up with three more albums. A fifth full-length album, “Night Castle” is still in production. Though it was announced in 2005, the group’s high standards in the recording studio pushed back the album’s spring 2008 release date. A new estimate for the album’s release has not been announced.

To date, the group has completed only one other non-holiday album, “Beethoven’s Last Night,” a collection of songs by the famous composer and original pieces by TSO.

Trans Siberian Orchestra itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

November 1Council Bluffs, IAMid-America Center (two shows)
November 1Youngstown, OHChevrolet Centre (two shows)
November 2Grand Forks, NDAlerus Center
November 2Hershey, PAGiant Center @ Hershey Park (two shows)
November 3Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
November 4Saskatoon, SKCredit Union Centre
November 5Calgary, ABPengrowth Saddledome
November 5Wilkes-Barre, PAWachovia Arena at Casey Plaza (two shows)
November 6Baltimore, MD1st Mariner Arena
November 7Charleston, WVCharleston Civic Center
November 7Vancouver, BCGM Place
November 8Richmond, VARichmond Coliseum (two shows)
November 8Seattle, WAKeyArena at Seattle Center (two shows)
November 9Columbia, SCColonial Center (two shows)
November 9Portland, ORRose Garden (two shows)
November 10Nampa, IDIdaho Center
November 12Jacksonville, FLJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
November 13Salt Lake City, UTThe E Center
November 13Sunrise, FLBankAtlantic Center
November 14Reno, NVReno Events Center
November 14Tampa, FLSt. Pete Times Forum
November 15Orlando, FLUCF Arena
November 15Sacramento, CAArco Arena (two shows)
November 16Atlanta, GAPhilips Arena
November 16San Jose, CAHP Pavilion
November 17Tallahassee, FLTallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
November 19Charleston, SCNorth Charleston Coliseum
November 19Fresno, CASave Mart Center
November 20Charlotte, NCTime Warner Cable Arena
November 20Las Vegas, NVMGM Grand Garden Arena
November 21Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum Complex
November 21San Diego, CASan Diego Sports Arena
November 22Anaheim, CAThe Theatre at Honda Center
November 22Raleigh, NCRBC Center (two shows)
November 23Greenville, SCBi-Lo Center (two shows)
November 23Phoenix, AZGlendale Arena (two shows)
November 25El Paso, TXDon Haskins Center (two shows)
November 26Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
November 27Atlantic City, NJBoardwalk Hall
November 28St. Louis, MOScottrade Center (two shows)
November 29Kansas City, MOSprint Center (two shows)
November 29Philadelphia, PAWachovia Center (two shows)
November 30Hartford, CTXL Center (two shows)
November 30Oklahoma City, OKFord Center (two shows)
December 3Denver, COPepsi Center
December 3Montreal, QCBell Centre
December 4Colorado Springs, COWorld Arena (two shows)
December 4Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place
December 5Hamilton, ONCopps Coliseum
December 5Wichita, KSKansas Coliseum
December 6Buffalo, NYHSBC Arena (two shows)
December 6Des Moines, IAWells Fargo Arena
December 7Albany, NYTimes Union Center (two shows)
December 7St. Paul, MNXcel Energy Center (two shows)
December 10Green Bay, WIResch Center (two shows)
December 10Providence, RIDunkin’ Donuts Center (two shows)
December 11Madison, WIKohl Center Arena
December 11Worcester, MADCU Center
December 12Peoria, ILPeoria Civic Center Arena
vDecember 12Uniondale, NYNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 13East Rutherford, NJIzod Arena (two shows)
December 13Moline, ILWireless Center (two shows)
December 14Milwaukee, WIBradley Center (two shows)
December 14Washington, DCVerizon Center (two shows)
December 17Jackson, MSMississippi Coliseum (two shows)
December 17Pittsburgh, PAMellon Arena (two shows)
December 18New Orleans, LANew Orleans Arena
December 19Lexington, KYRupp Arena
December 20Birmingham, ALBJCC Arena (two shows)
December 20Columbus, OHNationwide Arena (two shows)
December 21Detroit, MIThe Palace of Auburn Hills (two shows)
December 21Nashville, TNSommet Center (two shows)
December 22Indianapolis, INConseco Fieldhouse
December 22Knoxville, TNThompson-Boling Arena
December 23Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena (two shows)
December 23Memphis, TNFedExForum (two shows)
December 26Little Rock, ARAlltel Arena (two shows)
December 26Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre (two shows)
December 27Bossier City, LACenturyTel Center (two shows)
December 27Rochester, NYBlue Cross Arena
December 28Houston, TXToyota Center (two shows)
December 28Lansing, MIBreslin Center
December 29Cleveland, OHQuicken Loans Arena (two shows)
December 29Tulsa, OKBOK Center
December 30Cleveland, OHQuicken Loans Arena (two shows)
December 30Lubbock, TXUnited Spirit Arena
January 2Cincinnati, OHU.S. Bank Arena (two shows)
January 2San Antonio, TXAT&T Center (two shows)
January 3Chicago, ILAllstate Arena (two shows)
January 3Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center (two shows)
January 4Austin, TXFrank Erwin Center (two shows)
January 4Dayton, OHNutter Center (two shows)

Last Updated on August 9, 2008 by By Allison Reitz