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Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre


A fantastic holiday experience – this FREE concert featuring Christmas favorites performed with the low brass instruments. Come Join us in celebrating the 41st Anniversary of Merry Tubachristmas®!

Created by Harvey Phillips, 2014 marks the 41st Anniversary of MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS® concerts and the Ariel’s 3rd MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS. Phillips was inspired to create TUBACHRISTMAS as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902).  Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged by American composer Alec Wilder (died Christmas Eve, 1980). Through Wilder, TUBACHRISTMAS concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to over 90 years! The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. TUBACHRISTMAS has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.