Music 1030- W5
A time of joyful celebration, Christmas brings us closer to our friends and family. Caroling, sharing, and blessing each other with gifts of love as Christmas music takes over the atmosphere of our world. Music brings people together, but Christmas music brings a greater crowd of people together to celebrate the wonderful joys in life and Christ’s birth. Austin Peay gave Clarksville a gift of music through its very own department of music. ‘A Tuba Christmas’ was a wonderful performance that took place on Thursday, November 29th and was conducted by Christopher Vivo.
Once the concert began, a group of five players came out to the stage to perform a marvelous opening act for the audience. The group consisted of two trumpet players, one French horn player, one trombone player, and one tuba player. Although such a group was not expected to perform the opening act for a Tuba concert, they all did an excellent job! The group played ‘Ceremonial for Christmas Brass’ by Arr. Bill Holcombe. The piece could not have been a better piece of work to share with the audience before the tuba concert began.
After the opening act, the main concert began. Five tuba players and six euphonium players all came out to the stage. The Christmas carols for the Merry Tubachristmas concert were compiled and arranged by Alec Wilder and Norlan Bewley. A total of eighteen songs were performed throughout the concert. At the beginning of each song, someone from the performers would stand up and tell the audience a little bit of the song’s history that they were about to play. Even though eighteen songs were chosen for the concert, the performers only played a short piece of the song giving the audience a small taste of Christmas.
For the first song, the group played ‘Deck the Halls’. Although it was only the first song, I cannot say it was my favorite piece played during the concert. When “It Came Upon A Midnight...