What is EXTRA large, shiny, “decked out”, and can play a melody? Hundreds of Tubas! See generations of “tubists” ranging in age from 7-92 years of age from around the State of Ohio and Pennsylvania prepare a holiday show you won’t want to miss!
Back by popular demand, start the holidays with a family sing-a-long tradition as “tubists” perform at the 20th Annual TubaChristmas on Sunday, December 2, at 2pm at Stambaugh Auditorium. Shop local artisans and crafters before and after the concert in the Jeanne D. Tyler Grand Ballroom. Additional to the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts, concessions, activities and photos with Santa will be available. Goodwill offerings are encouraged and will be accepted at the door.
What is TubaChristmas? 2018 is the 45th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. The first TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium. Harvey Phillips was also a Rotarian in his community.
Limited amount of music books will be available for purchase day of event for Tuba/Euphonium players (same book used each year). $10 Participation Fee each player.