Registration is now open to participate in the Symphony’s Virtual TubaChristmas PlayAlong! It may look a bit different, but the spirit of the event continues this year with an online VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE. Tuba and Euphonium players may register to play-along with this virtual ensemble to earn a TubaChristmas 2020 button. The performance includes “Silent Night,” “Adeste Fideles,” and a new commission of “What Child Is This” by Gail Robertson. Play-along with this virtual ensemble any time between December 3 and December 20 to earn your TubaChristmas 2020 button. Take it a step further and post a picture of yourself and your instrument showing your holiday spirit – the three “best-dressed” performers will receive some TubaChristmas Swag and entry to next year’s TubaChristmas event. Registration is $10.
Online at YouTube.com/kcsymphony (click the VIDEO tab) — or you may view the video from the link on this page (below), now through December 20.
The Kansas City Symphony is once again excited to present the region’s largest TubaChristmas event. All area tuba and euphonium players are invited to join in the festivities. Early and accurate registration is encouraged. Friends, family and the general public are invited to view the concert to listen to the sounds of the season, tuba-style!
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.
The Kansas City Symphony TubaChristmas is underwritten by Janet M. Stallmeyer and Donald L. Flora.