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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Dec 13, 2018 – 7:30 PM

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra: While many rock and metal bands dabble with an orchestral backing at some point in their career, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has mastered it. Their rock operas have produced five hit albums and tour dates with amazing pyrotechnics and lighting effects. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is best known for its annual Christmas-themed tour every fall and winter, which adds an edge to primarily dated holiday music. This year is no exception, as Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Paul O'Neill had worked in the music industry a long time, developing a relationship with the progressive metal band, Savatage, as a co-writer and producer and bonding over their fusion of classical music and hard rock. O'Neill eventually started his own band and recruited Jon Oliva, Robert Kinkel, and Al Pitrelli to produce rock operas, their first being Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The themed album and following tour dates were so successful that Trans-Siberian Orchestra decided to repeat the winning on The Christmas Attic and The Lost Christmas Eve, thus completing their "Christmas Trilogy." Not limiting their operas to just one season, Trans-Siberian Orchestra released Beethoven's Last Night, which combines fact and fiction to tell the tale of Beethoven's deal with the devil the night he finished his tenth symphony. Trans-Siberian Orchestra's latest album, Night Castle, tells the story of a soldier, his true love that he knew for just one night, and the daughter he never met. The album went gold inside a year and has proven to audiences that the band's rock operas contain truly great stories.

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  • A federal judge in New York is scheduled to sentence President Donald Trump’s former long-time attorney Michael Cohen on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to several charges earlier this year. >> Read more trending news Cohen, 51, pleaded guilty in August to charges including multiple counts of tax evasion and a campaign finance charge stemming from so-called “hush money” payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal.  >> Cohen pleads guilty to 8 charges, says Trump told him to pay off Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal As part of his plea, he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. However, officials with SDNY said in a pre-sentencing memo last week that “Cohen’s efforts fell short of cooperation, as that term is properly used in this District,” according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree. Prosecutors asked that Cohen serve a 'substantial prison term' of around four years. Cohen’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday.
  • A 23-year-old man has been taken into police custody after he shot and killed a dog after it relieved itself in his yard, officers said in a news release.  The Fresno Bee reported that, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Modesto Ramos not only shot and killed the dog, but buried it. >> Read more trending news  Deputies said a woman contacted police Monday saying her dog was missing from her front lawn in Terra Bella, California, since Saturday. She said she suspected Ramos, her neighbor was involved.  “During their investigation, Deputies contacted Ramos and he told them he became angry at the victim’s dog for urinating on his yard and vehicle,” a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “Ramos then shot and killed the dog with a rifle and buried it.” KFSN reported that police found evidence connecting Ramos to the crime and in the process found banned assault weapons. The Fresno Bee reported deputies found AR-15 and AK-47 rifles. Police said Ramos was charged with animal cruelty causing death, illegal weapons possession, and negligent discharge of a firearm. The Sheriff’s Office said the case remains under investigation.
  • Two Icelandic mountain climbers missing for 30 years in the Himalayan mountains are now home after an American hiker found their remains last month.  Kristinn Rúnarsson and Thorsteinn Gudjonsson, both 27, were last seen alive Oct. 18, 1988, at a height of 21,650 feet on Pumori, a mountain about 5 miles from Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. Rúnarsson’s father, Rúnar Guðbjartsson, told the Iceland Monitor last month that the discovery of his son’s body brings the family some closure.  “When people were hugging me and giving their condolences I said, ‘Congratulate me instead, he’s been found,’” Guðbjartsson told the newspaper.  >> Read more trending news Guðbjartsson described his son and Gudjonsson as childhood friends who lived for mountain climbing. They had climbed South America’s highest peak, as well as several North American mountains, before heading to Nepal to tackle Pumori.  The long-grieving father remembers the day his oldest son flagged him down as he drove by and told him word had come that the pair was lost on the mountain.  “It's impossible to describe. It was so painful,” Guðbjartsson told the Monitor.  Rúnarsson’s girlfriend was pregnant when he vanished. “Five months after he was declared deceased, we sort of got him back; he's the spitting image of his father,' Guðbjartsson said of his grandson, Kristinn Steinar. Steve Aisthorpe, a Scottish climber who was part of Rúnarsson and Gudjonsson’s expedition, searched for his friends for weeks before abandoning hope of finding them alive.  Aisthorpe, now a 55-year-old mission development worker for the Church of Scotland, said in a story on the church’s website that the positioning of ropes where the bodies were found suggests his friends either had reached or had almost reached the ridge atop Pumori’s face when they fell into a crevasse. Pumori is one of the more challenging of Mount Everest’s neighboring peaks in the Himalayan range.  The pair ventured up the mountain alone when, 12 days into their expedition, Aisthorpe and a fourth member of their crew, Jon Geirsson, both fell ill, Aisthorpe said. Geirsson cancelled the remainder of his trip and went home, while Aisthorpe descended to a nearby village to see a doctor.  He sent a message back to the expedition’s base camp, set up on the upper Changri Shar glacier, telling Rúnarsson and Gudjonsson to “feel free” while he recovered to make an attempt to summit the mountain without him.  He never saw them alive again.  “I’ve never felt as alone as the day I arrived back at our high camp,” Aisthorpe recalled.  He said he climbed back up to the camp, hoping desperately to find his friends safe there. When he called out to them, his voice was met only by echoes as it bounced on the ice and rocks.  “Even as I finally reached and then unzipped the tent, I still nurtured a hope that the boys would be lying there, comatose, sleeping off the climb of their lives,” Aisthorpe said. “But it was empty and I scanned our route up the steep face above, but nothing moved.  “It was then that my guts started to twist and a cold sweat began.” Aisthorpe called for help, which consisted in part of a helicopter search launched five days after Rúnarsson and Gudjonsson were last seen. He said helicopters in Nepal were few in 1988 and they could not conduct the types of searches that take place in the Himalayas today.  “Looking down into the deep crevasse that guarded the base of the west face, I expected to see a flash of red or yellow Goretex but there was nothing,” Aisthorpe said. “A couple of weeks later, I left the area, convinced that Kristinn and Torsteinn must have fallen somewhere high on the face and their remains swallowed by the cavernous crevasse below. “This was what I explained to their families and friends on a visit to Reykjavík shortly after my return from Nepal.” The Monitor reported that at least one person who saw the pair on Pumori saw them reach the summit before they disappeared. Guðbjartsson told the newspaper that his son told him, in his last postcard, that he could see the peak of the mountain.  Guðbjartsson said last month that he was unsure if the bodies would be able to be recovered, but that it didn’t matter. His grandson, Steinar, agreed.  “He told me that Kristinn and Thorsteinn had told people that if something happened to them, the mountain could keep them,” Guðbjartsson told the Monitor. “They didn’t want to put people in danger to save them. The mountain would take what it was going to take.” Conditions on the mountain have since allowed the pair’s bodies to be recovered. According to Aisthorpe, a group of local climbers brought their remains to Kathmandu, where they were cremated.  Relatives were able to bring their ashes home to Iceland.  Aisthorpe said the discovery of his long-ago friends’ bodies has brought many emotions to the surface. He said he hopes that, with time, it will also bring those who loved them peace.  “My diary of the expedition reminds me of how, as someone who had only recently embraced the Christian faith, I found comfort and guidance as I turned to God in prayer,” Aisthorpe said. “In the midst of the desperate tasks of searching and then leaving the mountain alone, the words of a Psalm were a personal reality -- ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’ “I plan to go to Reykjavík in Iceland to meet their families soon and pay my respects.”
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