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Allen Philharmonic Presents Annual Merry TubaChristmas Concert

By Blake Heckel | Contributor

The Allen Philharmonic Orchestra & Symphony Chorus is welcoming any tuba, sousaphone, euphonium, and baritone horn players to join the group for its Merry TubaChristmas Concert.

On Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m., the annual musical celebration will take place at Watters Creek Village, located at 970 Garden Park Dr. in Allen.

The event is free to attend, and the Allen Philharmonic invites performers of all ages to register to participate. Registration is $10 per person and starts at noon on Dec. 10, with rehearsal beginning at 1 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to join performers around the world for the 48th anniversary of TubaChristmas,” said Allen Philharmonic President Kathy Litinas. “TubaChristmas is one of our favorite events of the year, and it’s a joy to get to include local musicians from around the area. We invite everyone in the Metroplex to enjoy the spirit of the season with this fun musical celebration.”

What: The Allen Philharmonic is inviting all local tuba, sousaphone, euphonium, and baritone horn players to join its annual Merry TubaChristmas performance.

When: Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at noon. Rehearsal begins at 1 p.m.

Where: Watters Creek Village, located at 970 Garden Park Dr. in Allen, Texas.

In the case of inclement weather, TubaChristmas will be held in the garage under Market Street in Watters Creek. For more information on the Allen Philharmonic and its upcoming events, visit AllenPhilharmonic.org.

For more information on the Allen Philharmonic and its upcoming events, visit AllenPhilharmonic.org.

About TubaChristmas

TubaChristmas was conceived in 1974 by the late Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Bell is recognized by all musicians as one of the most preeminent tuba players throughout the world. The Allen Philharmonic concert is presented in conjunction with the Harvey Phillips Foundation. The first TubaChristmas was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, Dec. 22, 1974. Through TubaChristmas, musicians reflect on their heritage and honor all the great artists and teachers whose legacy has given the world high-performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values, and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.

About the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra & Symphony Chorus

Founded in 1998, the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra & Symphony Chorus (Allen Philharmonic) — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization — is a professional orchestra of nearly 70 musicians, many of whom hold full-time positions as directors of bands and orchestras throughout the metroplex. With the goal of enhancing its community’s rich culture and fostering a community-wide appreciation for the art of music, the Allen Philharmonic presents an annual series of concerts and a variety of special events, community outreach and youth education programs. Corporate and individual donations, civic grants, the City of Allen and the Allen Arts Alliance fund the Allen Philharmonic. For more information or to donate, go to allenphilharmonic.org.

Photo courtesy of artandseek.org.

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