Did anyone notice that I have been away for a while? You have probably been celebrating my absence, as it doubtless caused the forum IQ to rise a few points...
Anyway, time for me to make my annual appeal for you to find a TubaChristmas in your area and enjoy the delightful sound. The arrangements are by two people very dear to me: the late, great American composer Alec Wilder and my college housemate Norlan Bewley. The music is played on euphoniums and tubas--a brass version of a Welsh Male Choir...TTBB!!
All you need to do is go to Tubachristmas.com and search by state for the one nearest you.
Performers are local pros, amateurs, and students. Ages range from 12 to 85.
Perhaps Mr. Garritan will chime in, as he has enjoyed the splendor of TubaChristmas on at least one occasion.
TubaChristmas is a tradition started in 1974 by my musical mentor, Harvey Phillips. Never one to think or act (or be) small, Harvey held the first TubaChristmas in Rockefeller Center. I was proud to be part of that auspicious debut; the only times I have missed TubaChristmas since 1974 were when I was either living overseas or in the hospital.
This is a sad year for me since Harvey died last month, but playing the music twice with great performers and friends this weekend will be cathartic and remind me of my nearly forty-year association with Harvey Phillips. I have been fortunate that people such as Harvey, Alec, and Norlan have allowed me to be part of their personal and musical circle.
OK..back I go; Forum IQ now up 17 points.