MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS

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By Jim Corbin

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Date(s) & Time(s)::

December 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Location: Potsdam at the United Methodist Church

Phone: 315-274-9000

Link: http://www.tubachristmas.com

Event Description

Musicians sought for MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS in Potsdam, December 7, 2013

On December 7, tubas and euphoniums and other members of the great tuba family will gather in Potsdam at the United Methodist Church, 26 Market St, to play music of the season under the direction of Keith Shult. Registration begins at 12:30 PM, and rehearsal commences at 1:00 PM. Registration fee is $10.

Players must bring personal music stands or lyres. Bright, festive clothes, and horn decorations are encouraged. Limited supplies of the program music will be available for sale. Players may obtain the music in advance directly from The Harvey Phillips Foundation via the website www.tubachristmas.com. Contact Marylee Ballou at the Potsdam Chamber 315-274-9000 with any questions.

The public is invited to enjoy the concert in the warmth of the church sanctuary at 5 PM. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted to support the Potsdam Neighborhood Center. There will be sing-along opportunities for the audience throughout the program.

Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to over 90 years! The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TUBACHRISTMAS has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.
MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS is celebrating its 40th Anniversary (1974-2013) this year. Created by the late Harvey Phillips, MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 2013 concerts will be presented in over 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Phillips was inspired to create TUBACHRISTMAS as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902). Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect - through William J. Bell - to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for the first TUBACHRISTMAS, (December 22, 1974 in NYC's Rockefeller Plaza) by American composer Alec Wilder (died Christmas Eve, 1980). Through Wilder, TUBACHRISTMAS concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TUBACHRISTMAS has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.

This is the fourth year in which a TUBACHRISTMAS concert has taken place in Potsdam.
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