WIZARDS OF WINTER Announce First Wave Of Fall / Winter 2017 Tour Dates; The Christmas Dream Album Due Later This Year
August 30, 2017, a year ago
Holiday rock opera ensemble the Wizards Of Winter - featuring former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow and the bands of Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent - amazed audiences throughout the holiday seasons of 2015 and 2016 with their magical live performances and music from their latest full-length release, The Magic Of Winter. This year, the Wizards Of Winter are following up previous triumphs with a brand new tour and album.
Their third full-length album, The Christmas Dream, is set to be released later this year and will include all original holiday music in the style only the Wizards Of Winter can convey - enchanting, haunting and powerful. As with The Magic Of Winter, the new album is produced by Eric Rachel (in tandem with Wizards Of Winter's music director/keyboardist Scott Kelly) at Traxeast (Symphony X, Skid Row, Styx). The album art will once again be designed by classic rock album artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Allman Brothers, Styx).
The Christmas Dream takes the listener on a musical "sleigh ride", covering many genres from pop to progressive rock. More details on the new album are set to be announced soon, and pre-sales will begin October 1st.
"This has been a fun album to write and record," says Scott Kelly. "We hope all of those who experienced 'The Magic Of Winter' with us further join us within our 'Christmas dream'!"
In addition to this news, the Wizards Of Winter are pleased to announce the first confirmed dates for their upcoming annual holiday tour, which will include stops in the northern Midwest and western US for the first time. Currently confirmed dates include stops in Florida, Illinois, Oregon, and other states across the nation.
Each night, the ensemble will evoke the spirit of Christmas, weaving a story entirely based on the The Magic Of Winter and The Christmas Dream albums. Each Wizards Of Winter performance showcases soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, outstanding guitar leads, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work.
This year's tour will feature the violin and back-up vocal talents of new member Ellie Krasner. Ellie joins the Wizards Of Winter after recently completing a national tour with the world-renowned Barrage 8, a unique string octet.
Currently confirmed tour dates:
17 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theare
18 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
25 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
1 - Chicago, IL - Portage Theatre
2 - Fairmont, MN - Fairmont Opera House
5 - Minot, ND - Nelson Hall - MSU
8 - Bremerton, WA - Admiral Theatre
10 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
14 - Warrendale, PA - Jergals
15 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Hall
16 - Englewood, NJ - Bergan PAC
17 - Easton, PA - Easton State Theatre
21 - Traverse City, MI - City Opera House
23 - Canton, OH - Canton Place Theatre
Check back for more performance confirmations and ticket links via www.wizardsofwinter.com/tour-dates/.
Wizards Of Winter lineup:
Scott Kelly - Music Director, Keyboards
Sharon Kelly - Flute, Vocals
Fred Gorhau - Guitar
TW Durfy - Guitar
Tommy Ference - Drums
Greg Smith - Bass
Ellie Krasner - Violin
Mary McIntrye - Keyboards, vocals
Guy LeMonnier - Vocals
Vincent Jiovino - vocals
Shawna Mehall - Vocals
Tony Gaynor - Narration