On December 22, more than 300 tuba and baritone players gathered to serenade Denver for the 39th Annual TubaChristmas. Produced by the University of Colorado at Denver’s College of Arts & Media, the TubaChristmas Concert is one of the most celebrated and longest-running holiday festivities in Colorado!
Bill Clark, Retired Professor of Music at the University of Colorado at Denver, has been conductor of the TubaChristmas performance since its inception in 1976. As the event’s pioneer, Clark has grown the event to include students from over 30 high schools, in addition to independent musicians about the region.
The History of TubaChristmas
TubaChristmas was founded by the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc. (HPF) which focuses on developing, expanding and preserving the musical arts, with special attention given to musical instruments not ordinarily the object of other support. The Foundation facilitates its goals in a variety of ways including the organizing of public performances such as TubaChristmas. The first TubaChristmas was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on December 22, 1974. Today, concerts take place across the globe.