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Mannheim Steamroller puts Lombard native center stage for Christmas concerts

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Becky Kia, who grew up in Lombard, is the violin soloist with the popular Christmas group, Mannheim Steamroller.

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Becky Kia, who grew up in Lombard, plays the violin onstage with the popular Christmas group, Mannheim Steamroller.

Photo courtesy of Mannheim Steamroller

Becky Kia, who grew up in Lombard, is the violin soloist with the popular Christmas group, Mannheim Steamroller.

Photo courtesy of Mannheim Steamroller

Violinist Becky Kia, third from right, signs autographs following a performance with Mannheim Steamroller.

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Members of Mannheim Steamroller's "green" band, from left to right, are Logan Penington, Roxanne Layton, Christy Crowl, Lombard native Becky Kia, Ron Cooley and Curtis McKonly.

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Becky Kia doesn't listen to Christmas music at this time of year. That's because her job is to play Christmas music, night after night. Kia, a native of Lombard, is the lead violinist of Mannheim Steamroller, a popular, multiplatinum- selling Christmas group whose pumped-up orchestral music is all over the radio dial during the holidays.
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    • Becky Kia, who grew up in Lombard, is the violin soloist with the popular Christmas group, Mannheim Steamroller.
    • Becky Kia, who grew up in Lombard, plays the violin onstage with the popular Christmas group, Mannheim Steamroller.
    • Becky Kia, who grew up in Lombard, is the violin soloist with the popular Christmas group, Mannheim Steamroller.
    • Violinist Becky Kia, third from right, signs autographs following a performance with Mannheim Steamroller.
    • Members of Mannheim Steamroller’s “green” band, from left to right, are Logan Penington, Roxanne Layton, Christy Crowl, Lombard native Becky Kia, Ron Cooley and Curtis McKonly.
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