This time of year brings many opportunities to enjoy holiday music, ranging from sacred music such as Handel's "Messiah" to bouncy holiday favorites played at school programs. It's not often, however, that you get to hear a group of musicians playing only one "family" of instruments, but that's exactly what you get at a Tuba Christmas concert.
Here's a video from last year's concert in Mason City:
Tuba Christmas was started in 1974 by Harvey Phillips and the first concert was held that year in the Rockefeller Plaza ice skating rink in New York City. Since then, the events have spread around the world and this year I counted 8 concerts in Canada as well as concerts in Australia, Switzerland, and most states in the United States. Musicians (both tuba and euphonium players) usually rehearse for an hour or two before the concert and are encouraged to dress festively and decorate their instruments.
Some of the concerts in Iowa have already taken place but listed below are those still to come. Some cities even have a specific website for their Tuba Christmas event. Please note that while attendance is usually free, participant musicians are required to pay a $10 tax-deductible donation which goes to founder Harvey Phillips' foundation. So this really is a labor of love for these dedicated musicians!
Here are the remaining Iowa concerts:
Saturday, December 16
Concert time: 2:00 pm
St. John's Lutheran Church, 600 6th Ave.
Sunday, December 17
Concert time: 4:00 pm
St. John Auditorium, Indian Hills Community College
For more information: MaryLee Hansen 641-777-8216
(photo credit: flickr)