WOLFEBORO — Experience a low-brass celebration of the holiday season with the 15th annual TubaChristmas at 2 p.m. Saturday at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 258 S. Main St.
This free program of seasonal music and traditional carols will bring the tubas and euphoniums normally tucked at the back of the band to the front of the stage with players from various community, university and school bands as well as professional musicians, both working and retired.
“The arrangements are wonderful, very fresh and appealing, for they focus upon the melodic capabilities of the instruments and their rich mellow sound when played together in close harmony,” said conductor Nancy Donahue. “For the audience, it’s very much like listening to familiar music being performed in an interesting new way, quite warm and welcoming.”
TubaChristmas was founded in 1974 by Harvey Phillips, a tuba virtuoso and distinguished professor emeritus at Indiana University School of Music. He conceived it as a way to honor the great tubaist and teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.
The famous American composer Alec Wilder agreed to arrange a few carols for low brass ensemble, and the first concert was held on the Ice Rink Stage of New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza in December of 1974, with 300 participants. Since then, the popularity of TubaChristmas has grown considerably among performers and audiences alike, and in 2016, there were more than 200 scheduled concerts in cities and towns across America, plus several foreign countries.
Patrons may make monetary donations for the L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry.