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Event Archive - TubaChristmas:

Sat. December 6th 2003 Market Square (All Ages)
1:00 pm - 3:00
By Donation
Presented by: Times-Colonist 1000 Fund
The return of the popular annual fundraiser for the Times-Colonist 1000 Fund. Eugene Dowling, co-ordinator, UVic. Market Square (560 Johnson St. For more information on upcoming events, please call Market Square Administration Office at (250)386-2441.

TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie 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 who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.


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