TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family.
The first TubaChristmas was held December 22, 1974 in the ice skating rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center. More than 300 musicians played that day beginning the holiday tradition. This year, TubaChristmas concerts will be presented in over 300 cities throughout the United States and several foreign countries.
Every TubaChristmas performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged by American composer Alec Wilder. Through Wilder, TubaChristmas concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TubaChristmas has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.
Merry TubaChristmas is presented by The University of Toledo Department of Music & Toledo Museum of Art.