This week I wanted to take a little different turn with my selected blog events. Usually I give an overview of many events in a certain category taking place in a given week throughout the U.S. But this week I wanted to spotlight one event that takes place in many venues all over the U.S. If that sounds confusing, I apologize. It is really simple when I don’t try and explain it. This week I am highlighting Tuba Christmas events.
We at eventcrazy.com have been covering Tuba Christmas events for quite awhile. We absolutely adore this program concept and the results. Tuba Christmas began as a labor of love conceived by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor the legendary William J. Bell. In doing so, Phillips wanted to honor all the great artists and teachers who set the bar high for performance standards as well as professional integrity and values. The result has been a 40 year love affair and tribute to the tuba.
What makes it so special is the amazing concerts given every Christmas throughout the U.S. When I say amazing, I don’t mean that they are circus type death defying performances. I mean that the way the concerts are organized is what is amazing, not just the concerts themselves. (although the concerts are really great as well). You see it is a community effort and it is all volunteer musicians. The events can also include other instruments and choirs and almost all are free. Players are all organized by a volunteer planner in their area and come together to play at a concert in their own community. But don’t be fooled that these are not excellent concerts because they are “community volunteers”. They are so wonderful that many are held is prestigious places such as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC and Rockefeller Plaza in New York. What a fun concept for the musicians and the concert goers; it’s a win-win for everyone!
So I wanted to introduce Tuba Christmas to all of you who may not have been aware of this wonderful program. They take place almost everyday beginning the week before Thanksgiving and ending on Christmas Eve. If you check a search in your area, I am sure you will be able to find one close to you. The ones I selected here take place in malls or shopping centers. I thought if you could attend one in a mall, you could sneak in a little shopping. Never let it be said I am not always thinking!