Friday, December 2, 2016 & Monday, December 12, 2016
9:30am - registration
10:30am - rehearsal for performers
12:00pm - performance
*Cost to Perform: $10
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64108
The Kansas City Symphony will host Tuba Christmas for the ninth consecutive year. Due to high demand, two dates for participation are being offered. All area tuba and euphonium players are invited to join in the festivities. Early registration is encouraged due to limited space for participation. Friends, family and the general public are invited to attend the lunch hour concert to listen to the sounds of the season, tuba-style! Tickets are free, however advanced registration is required for concert goers.
The first TubaChristmas was presented on December 22, 1974 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, making this the 40th anniversary year of MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS. The first Kansas City TubaChristmas was in 1979 when the group performed for the lighting of the Crown Center Christmas tree. TubaChristmas in Kansas City has happened annually since 1979, often bringing together over 500 tuba and euphonium players from all walks of life, and sometimes multiple generations of the same family who have made TubaChristmas an annual tradition. For more information see www.tubachristmas.com
TubaChristmas concerts are presented with permission from the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc., founded by Harvey Phillips in memory of his teacher, William J. Bell. Harvey Phillips is a distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Music, Indiana University, and one of the most acclaimed tuba players in the world. He has commissioned more than 200 solo works for tuba and in 2008 was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. Phillips is a native of Aurora, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri prior to being accepted to the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Harvey Phillips received an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri in 1987, in part for his national efforts to establish TubaChristmas as an annual tradition. For questions about this event please contact Stephanie Brimhall at (816) 218-2639.
Performers may begin registering on August 1.
To attend the performance as a guest, click the RSVP button below.