As many as 50 tuba and euphonium players from all over El Paso will unite for a free concert at the Arts Festival Plaza in downtown Saturday, December 23 at 1 p.m.
It’s titled TUBACHRISTMAS, an event that involves several cities and hundreds of musicians across America. Participants, usually strangers, meet up and perform traditional Christmas songs such as Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Arts Festival Plaza is currently host to the downtown ice skating rink, where dozens of people are expected to witness the show. Everyone is welcome to attend and watch. Any tuba or euphonium player in the El Paso area is invited to participate. Those interested should plan to attend a mandatory practice session in the lobby of the Judson F. Williams Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a $10 registration fee. For more info contact Clinton Sims at 940-300-2268.
TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. 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.
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