Thursday, December 17, 2009

TUBACHRISTMAS at Capital University, Monday December 21, 2009

In December, when you see more than the usual number of tuba instrument cases being carried to Mees Auditorium, you can be certain that it's TUBACHRISTMAS time at Capital University.

This year, there are two performances of TUBACHRISTMAS on Monday December 21 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This year's TUBACHRISTMAS at Capital is one of one hundred twenty TUBACHRISTMAS concerts presented throughout the world.

TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late instrumentalist and teacher William J. Bell, who coincidentally, was born on Christmas Day, 1902. During his professional career, William J. Bell established the high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, and personal values that tuba teachers honor. Among tuba players, William J. Bell is a source of the inspiration that creates a unique camaraderie among tuba players that is 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. Ironically, Wilder died six years later on Christmas Eve, 1980.

Professor Tony Zilinick is conductor of the performances at Mees Auditorium. Two guest conductors, Gary Tirey and James Swearingen, join Professsor Zilinick at Capital University's Conservatory of Music to lead sections of the two Monday evening performances at Mees Auditorium.

Professor Zilinick.

Twenty-three Christmas carols and tunes will be performed, ranging from "Oh come all ye faithful" to "We wish you a merry Christmas."

Musicians wishing to join in the performances are invited to rehearsal at Mees Auditorium. Registration at 2:00 p.m ($5.00 registration fee). Rehearsal from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public

Producer for Bexley Public Radio interview of Professor Tony Zilinick at 12:05 p.m. Thursday December 17, 2009 was Joanna Tornes.

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