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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Salvation Army with a check for $18,920 at their St. Paul concert

Music to our ears: Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert raises $18,920

Added on Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday night the Trans-Siberian Orchestra opened their second of two spectacular shows at Xcel Energy Center by announcing they’d raised $18,920 for the Twin Cities Salvation Army.  The presenting radio station, KOOL108, arranged for $1 of every ticket sold to be donated. Salvation Army Captain Andrew Shiels accepted the check and explained to the capacity crowd how much good the money will accomplish in the Twin Cities.

Following the check presentation, Trans-Siberian Orchestra presented the live debut of their multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” A modern classic that can stand side by side with a Charles Dickens tale, “The Lost Christmas Eve” is the newest chapter in the TSO holiday tradition. The performances in St. Paul were just one stop on their 65-city North American tour.

For The Salvation Army, the event represented the tying of a bow on a season-long partnership with KOOL108, their listeners and volunteers. KOOL 108 helped kick off this year’s Red Kettle Campaign on Nov. 10, when more than $108,000 was raised for Salvation Army programs and services in a single day. The radio station’s Online Red Kettle raised an additional $173,000 during the Christmas Campaign.

“Dozens and dozens of KOOL108 listeners have volunteered at kettles all season to help The Salvation Army and many others have given generously through’s Online Red Kettle. We think is the perfect way to celebrate this year’s Rock the Red Kettle partnership,” said Lauren MacLeash, KOOL108 Program Director.

Thank you, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and concertgoers, for your support.