The Season’s Greetings Guitarist: An Interview with Trans-Siberian Orchestra Musical Director Al Pitrelli

    During the last quarter of a century, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has delighted audiences during the holiday season with a fusion of classical-esque meets heavy rock guitars with sometimes angelic and sometimes demonic voices. What started out as the brainchild project of composer/producer Paul O’Neil (1957-2017) and heavy metal vocalist Jon Oliva of Florida-based rockers Savatage as a “side project” has blossomed into a Hallmark Channel sponsored touring entity with the highest grossing ticket sales that rival the biggest musical acts in the industry. All of that aside, there are legions of fans who make the pilgrimage each year to witness the holiday spectacular in all its glory.

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