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What if ELO were in charge of your church Christmas pageant? Last Thursday at the Erwin Center, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra offered one possible answer, bringing seasonal standards like Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite into the realm of power chords and drum fills. The second show since completion of the arena's $55 million renovations -- a new UT basketball practice facility, posh new private suites, and improvements to the arena's fire-safety systems -- the TSO spectacle was a fine demonstration of the improved lighting and sound systems, though the 6,000 patrons in attendance fell well short of the venue's all-time attendance record of just over 17,000, set by Fort Worth's own John Denver in 1978.

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