Free Tuba Christmas Concert in Denver on Dec 23
Calling all Tuba and euphonium players……Bring the family out on Sunday, December 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. in downtown Denver’s Skyline Park at 16th & Arapahoe and enjoy the annual TubaChristmas 2012. In a world where the music industry offers endless renditions of Christmas music sung by countless pop stars, the annual Tuba Christmas concert on Sunday looks to the classics. Tuba Christmas started in 1974 at the Rockefeller Center in New York City to honor the late William J. Bell, who was a prominent tuba player. “He was one of the best symphonic tuba players of the 21st century,” said David Irving, a formermaster of ceremonies. “If you’re a tuba player, you know who this guy is.” Now Tuba Christmas concerts are not only held across the country, but also the world. Just because it’s a tuba concert, doesn’t mean that all the songs will be played on such a low register. In fact, the difference between that ensemble and a concert band might be hard to discern because of instruments like the euphonium, Irving said. “It doesn’t sound like elephants and hippopotamuses playing,” he said. “If people were not seeing the ensemble, they wouldn’t really notice the difference between that and a concert band.”
The TubaChristmas concert gets our vote for most charming musical event of the season — and they’re free. Tuba and euphonium players will gather to play cheerful Christmas tunes in downtown Denver.
DENVER – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 – TIME: 1:00 pm
- LOCATION: Skyline Park
- REGISTRATION: 9:00 am, Auraria PE/Event Center
- REHEARSAL: 10:00 am, same
- PARKING: Rehearsal parking is different this year. Park in the Tivoli Garage. From Auraria Parkway enter the campus on 9th St. , turn left on Walnut and enter the garage on your left.
NOTE: From the garage walk past the east side of the Tivoli, continue one half block, and enter the PE/Event Center through the main door to your left. Rehearsal will end at noon. Walk or drive to Skyline Park bordered by 17th & 18th & Lawrence & Arapahoe Streets. There is a handy garage between 17th & 18th on Lawrence St.
- CONDUCTOR: Bill Clark and Heather Meier
- GUEST CONDUCTOR: Jeanie
- COORDINATOR: Bill Clark 303-726-4101