Tuba Christmas ensemble to perform at PCHS

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 8, 2013

Created by Harvey Phillips, TubaChristmas concerts have been presented in more than 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

Phillips was inspired to create this seasonal joy as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, 1902.

Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect, through William Bell, to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage.

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Every TubaChristmas performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged by American composer Alec Wilder.

Through Wilder, TubaChristmas concerts show that players are grateful to composers who have embraced the noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions.

Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TubaChristmas ensembles may attract several hundred participants aged 8 to more 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 that TubaChristmas has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.

TubaChristmas will be presented this year on Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m., at Polk County High School.
– article submitted by Betsy Zeek