39th Annual TUBACHRISTMAS
The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan
3:30pm performance, 11:30am registration for performers
You are again invited to participate in one or more of the TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher 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 the late 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.
REGISTRATION: 11:30 am, Rockefeller Center loading/delivery area. Enter northside of 50th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues), east of Radio City Music Hall stage door, down ramp
REHEARSAL: 12:30 pm, same
Please use gig bag, leave case at home, in your car or bus. Wear warm, (outside concert) bright festive clothing. Bring folding music stand/lyre and wind clips/clothes pins