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Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s holiday show is skipping Wichita for first time in 11 years

For the past 11 years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has brought its holiday show to Wichita, and many have made the concert a part of their holiday traditions.

This year, that tradition is taking a Wichita break.

For the first time since 2007, when the band — known for its over-the-top instrumental rock covers of traditional holiday tunes — performed its Christmas show at the Kansas Coliseum, it will not be making a stop in Wichita this holiday season.

It’s not unusual for a band to take off a year from a city, said Christine Pileckas, Intrust Bank Arena’s director of booking and marketing , especially when it has performed in the same place so many years in a row. The band skipped Tulsa last year, she said.

Fans should not fret, though. TSO will be back.

“We’re already in discussion about potential 2019 dates, and will have plenty of future successful years with TSO,” she said.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s founder, Paul O’Neill, died in April of 2017 from an accidental reaction to prescribed medications, but the other band members have carried on.

The group performed at the Kansas Coliseum from 2007 to 2009 and has stopped at Intrust Bank Arena every year since 2010.

Those who can’t do without TSO in their holiday plans should know that its “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour will stop at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Dec. 6. It’ll perform two shows at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Dec. 26.

For tickets, visit www.trans-siberian.com/tour.

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