Guest Blog: My Life Behind the Scenes by Chelsea Kesner

As an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, I have the pleasure of teaching Public Relations Strategy to a fantastic group of motivated, inspiring students who are poised to enter their professional lives.  Their recent blog post assignments reflect a diversity of interests, passions and pastimes and I will be featuring as many of them as possible on my blog over the next few weeks.  Enjoy and feel free to comment!

My Life Behind the Scenes by Chelsea Kesner

When you think backstage of a concert or an event, one may think luxurious things. What do I think? For Germain Arena, I think of a smelly locker room, crammed doorway, and a Zamboni. While that doesn’t sound so glamorous, I still love my job/internship and everything that comes into our venue.

One concert that I am most looking forward to having in our building is Trans- Siberian Orchestra. When I first heard about the possibility of having them come play at our arena, I thought to myself, “how boring! Who would want to watch a classical music show in the year of 2011?”  Boy, was I wrong though about what type of concert this was going to be.

After being sat down by my boss to listen and watch a preview of TSO’s concert, I realized how amazing this concert would be; a concert that no one should miss. The band’s musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. They have an amazing ability to blend yesterday’s sounds (Beethoven) with today’s craving for outstanding music, creating a new rock sound. They’re coming to Germain Easter Sunday. My theory is “after a fun day painting egg’s and participating in an Easter egg hunt, why not enjoy a concert that the whole family could attend.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra doesn’t only wow their audience with some great tunes. They also put on an amazing performance with their multiple lasers that go a-long to the beat of the music and crazy pyrotechnics that would have you believe it was the fourth of July.

Here are some fun facts about Trans- Siberian Orchestra:

  • Founded in 1996 by Paul O’Neil, Robert Kinkel and Jon Oliva
  • Group’s name was inspired by the Trans Siberian Railway, which connected isolated cultures, much like music
  • O’Neill has managed and produced rock bands including Aerosmith, Humble Pie, AC/DC, Joan Jett and the Scorpions.
  • 33- member band, with a 60- piece orchestra
  • Ranked on Billboards “Top 25 touring artists of the past decade”
  • Huge philanthropists and official supporter of Litter Kids Rock, a nonprofit charity organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in poor public schools throughout the United States.

If you would like more information about TSO visit Trans Siberian Orchestra’s webpage. For additional information about the concert Easter Sunday visit Germain Arena.


Let me know what you first thought about Trans-Siberian Orchestra. When you first heard the name did you think “boring orchestra?”



One thought on “Guest Blog: My Life Behind the Scenes by Chelsea Kesner”

  1. Thank you for sharing this with everyone! You have inspired me to keep this up and write about all of my experiences at Germain. 🙂

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