Saturday, December 14, 2019
At the historic
69 Main Street
New Britain, Connecticut 06051
"A TubaChristmas" (2015)
by Central Connecticut State University film student John Pearse
Listen to Anne Marshall's
WATR 1320 AM Radio
from December 14, 2017!
What is TubaChristmas?
This year marks the 45th anniversary of TubaChristmas concerts/events which are presented throughout the world.
TubaChristmas was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.
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. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments.
Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.
-The Harvey Phillips Foundation