Perhaps best known for its high-octane performances of Christmas classics, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is leaving the holidays behind in favor of its first-ever spring...

Perhaps best known for its high-octane performances of Christmas classics, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is leaving the holidays behind in favor of its first-ever spring tour. The symphonic metal group’s new venture kicks off March 25 at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH, and wraps up May 2 at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX.

Leaving behind its large-scale productions for a more intimate theater tour, TSO will visit 31 markets across the U.S. and Canada during its five-week venture. Highlights include shows on April 1 at the Wang Center in Boston, MA; April 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY; April 17 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL; and April 24 at State Theater in Minneapolis, MN.

A single performance has been booked north of the border for April 13 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON.

According to the official tour announcement, tickets for the U.S. concert dates will be available exclusively to members of the fan club, Trans-Siberian Express. Fans must register for the fan club by February 1, but no other ticketing details have been released yet.

Before this year, TSO regularly launched East and West Coast touring groups for a concert schedule that spanned the holiday months. The 2009-2010 holiday season tour kept the groups out on the road from November 1 through January 3, often with multiple performances each day.

But now the TSO, created by Paul O’Neill, is exploring new territory with a non-seasonal song selection taken from the 2000 concept album “Beethoven’s Last Night” and the 2009 release “Night Castle.” The tour is expected to hit Europe at some point, making it TSO’s first tour of that continent.

 
 
 

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

March 25Cincinnati, OHTaft Theatre
March 26Akron, OHE.J. Thomas Hall
March 27Cleveland, OHPlayhouseSquare
March 28Syracuse, NYLandmark Theatre
March 31Providence, RIProvidence Performing Arts Center
April 1Boston, MAWang Theatre
April 2Hartford, CTBushnell Center for Performing Arts
April 3Hershey, PAHershey Theatre
April 4Pittsburgh, PABenedum Center
April 5Erie, PAWarner Theatre
April 7Upper Darby, PATower Theatre
April 8New York, NYRadio City Music Hall
April 9Wilkes-Barre, PAF.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts
April 10Albany, NYPalace Theatre
April 11Washington, DCWarner Theatre
April 13Toronto, ONMassey Hall
April 15Buffalo, NYShea’s Performing Arts Center
April 16Columbus, OHPalace Theatre
April 17Chicago, ILChicago Theatre
April 18St. Louis, MOFabulous Fox Theatre
April 20Grand Rapids, MIDeVos Performance Hall
April 21Detroit, MIDetroit Opera House
April 22Milwaukee, WIRiverside Theatre
April 23Des Moines, IACivic Center of Greater Des Moines
April 24Minneapolis, MNThe State Theatre
April 25Kansas City, MOKansas City Music Hall
April 27Oklahoma City, OKCivic Center Music Hall
April 28Amarillo, TXAmarillo Civic Center
April 30San Antonio, TXSan Antonio Municipal Auditorium
May 1Houston, TXVerizon Wireless Theater
May 2Grand Prairie, TXNokia Theatre at Grand Prairie