What do a Deacon, a Nun, an Actor, and Rock Star have in Common? No- its not a joke…but an amazing set of family connections that link the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Nevada County. TSO Founder, Composer, Producer and Performer Paul O’Neill, is related to local resident Brian Moore and his wife Ann- Paul’s Aunt and Uncle. Brian Moore is a Deacon at St Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley, Brian’s sister (Paul’s Aunt) is a nun in southern California; and Brian’s son, Patrick (O’Neill’s cousin), is a Nevada County actor and entertainment professional.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocked Sacramento into the Christmas Season Wednesday night with its annual performance of a new version of its spectacular Christmas Eve story performed with theatrical extravaganza that included rock music, fire, smoke, laser lights, elevating stage pieces, and believe it or not real snow.
The show which traditionally tells a story of the Christmas Angel on the night before Christmas had a more contemporary angle focused on a New York City Banker and the trials and tribulations around family and loss. Story Narrator, Phillip Brandon, who has performed the original story and the new story talks about the the experience.
Lead female vocalist, Dari Mahnie, says the new show is a treat for the performers as well as for fans that have seen the original show.
And returning keyboardist, Ukrainian born- Vitali Kuprij, says he tries not to compare the two stories.
The night was full of surprises for all 11 guests of the Moore’s, but none more so than when the lead performer-Alan Pitrelli recognized Brian and the Moore Family as the reason that Paul O’Neil exists and is able to create the magic that he does.
The concert also provided over $11,000 dollars to Easter Seals.