TubaChristmas brings songs of the season Dec. 8

Once a year, and always in December, regional low-brass players receive a gift: They get to play a performance from the front row.

In fact, they’ll be playing from every row when TubaChristmas puts tuba and euphonium players front and center, and left and right. The 11th annual local presentation of this holiday favorite takes place 1 p.m. Dec. 8, in the McGarvey Commons of the Reed Union Building at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The performance is free and open to the public.

As its name implies, TubaChristmas is songs of the season interpreted by a choir of student, amateur and professional low-brass musicians performing under guest directors Gary Viebranz of Penn State Behrend, Daniel Burdick of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Lowell Hepler of Allegheny College.

All tuba and euphonium musicians are invited to join the TubaChristmas performance; rehearsals will be held on site that morning. To register to participate, visit tubachristmaserie.com or contact Viebranz at 814-898-6289 or gav3@psu.edu.

TubaChristmas debuted at Rockefeller Center’s ice rink in 1974 as a tribute to the late tuba legend William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902. TubaChristmas is produced nationally by the Harvey Phillips Foundation; the Erie performance is supported by the Mary Behrend Cultural Fund.

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Last Updated November 26, 2012