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Holiday Music Sensation THE WIZARDS OF WINTER Announces First of Several 2016 Holiday Season Performances

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Featuring Original Members 

*A Theatrical Holiday Rock Event for the Entire Family*
Hear Original Tunes and TSO Favorites
Order "The Magic of Winter" Now via iTunes

Holiday rock opera ensemble the WIZARDS OF WINTER truly thrived during the yuletide season of 2015, putting smiles on the faces of tens of thousands of performance attendees and amassing the attention of mainstream media - such as Entertainment Weekly and Yahoo Music- with their infectious festive sound.
The WIZARDS OF WINTER are pleased to announce the first of many planned performances of the 2016 holiday season. 

The ensemble, which features original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform in Syracuse, NY, Red Bank, NJ and Tarrytown, NY during the months of November and December 2016. 

This year's event promises to bring even bigger production and some new musical surprises. 

See below for a full listing of dates. 
11/23 - Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater - tickets on sale soon!
11/26 - Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre - TICKETS
12/8 - Tarrytown, NY @ Music Hall - tickets on sale soon!
Music director/keyboardist Scott Kelly said, "The WIZARDS OF WINTER are beyond thrilled to announce our first shows of the holiday season! We cannot wait to once again share our passion of holiday rock music with families all over the northeast. We hope to see many familiar faces and make new friends at these shows. Also, we're excited to be launching the tour with our return to the Count Basie Theater. The venue and the fans who attended last year's performance were just fantastic. We can't wait to present our even bigger production and some fun musical surprises to our fans. After all, it is the most magical time of year."
Check back for more performance confirmations and ticket links coming soon via
The WIZARDS OF WINTER released their latest original holiday music album "The Magic of Winter" in late 2015. 

The Magic of Winter is produced by Eric Rachel at Traxeast (Symphony X, Skid Row, Styx) and can be ordered in physical format here or purchased digitally via iTunes

The album features the infectious single "The Spirit of Christmas", which you can watch the enchanting music video for here.
Praise for The Magic of Winter:
"As we near ever closer to the arrival of Santa Claus, the WIZARDS OF WINTER have graced us with a wonderful soundtrack for the festive season. Whether you're putting up the tree or wrapping presents, this 10-track CD provides endless amounts of joy... Give the WIZARDS OF WINTER a chance; you won't be disappointed." 
- Aaron Small, BraveWords 
"The band features original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, so it comes as no surprise to hear sweeping, dramatic arrangements of holiday songs and classics on The Magic of Winter - a fine record to get your Santa spirit flowing in full force..." 
- Johnny Firecloud, CraveOnline
"It's a Christmas album that both metalheads and non-metalheads can enjoy."
- Chad Bowar, Heavy Metal
The WIZARDS OF WINTER are an eclectic group of musicians from the NY/NJ/PA tri-state region who perform classical and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed event. While the group's style is undoubtedly inspired by the genius of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the WIZARDS OF WINTER are far from a TSOtribute band. The Wizards' original material is very unique and has a broad audience appeal, applied in a more intimate setting.

Tony Gaynor, an original member of TSO, is currently performing with the WIZARDS OF WINTER on their musical journey. Tommy Farese and Michael Lanning, also former members of TSO, have performed with the band on occasion as well.
Scott Kelly - Music Director, Keyboards
Steve Ratchen - Bass
Sharon Kelly - Flute, Vocals
Fred Gorhau - Guitar
Mary McIntrye - Keyboards, vocals
Tommy Ference - Drums
TW Durfy - Guitar
Natalia Niarezka - Violin
Vincent Jiovino - vocals
Tony Gaynor - Narration
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