Merry TubaChristmas 2010 to play in Freeport Dec. 4
From press release
FREEPORT, Ill.—Merry TubaChristmas is celebrating its 37th anniversary (1974-2010). Created by Harvey Phillips, Merry TubaChristmas 2010 concerts will be presented in more than 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, from specific geographic areas, 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 (Dec. 22, 1974, in New York City’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. Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TubaChristmas ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to older than 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 TubaChristmas has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.
Until last year, you had to drive to Madison, Wis., or Chicago to hear a TubaChristmas presentation. Now, for the second year, the producers are bringing it to Freeport, Ill. TubaChristmases vary in size from a minimum of four instruments (two euphoniums and two tubas) to several hundred at the biggest events.
If you’re interested in participating: Any musician can play in a TubaChristmas as long as he or she plays an instrument in the tuba family. There is a $5 participation fee.
TubaChristmas Music Books are available through Jeremy Davis, band instructor, Orangeville School District. Specify whether you want the tuba, euphonium treble clef, or euphonium bass clef book. Call him at (815) 789-4289. Let him know if you are interested in one or more scheduled practices. If you already have a book and/or feel you don’t need the organized group practice, show up at the Lincoln Mall, 1255 W. Galena St., Freeport, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4.
The concert will begin at 11 a.m., at the mall, Dec. 4. Admission is free. Registration is done by phone, at rehearsals or prior to concert.
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