Hear the warm, rich organ-like sounds of the tuba-euphonium choir when musicians from all over the region gather this Saturday, December 12 at the historic Ariel Theatre in Gallipolis, Ohio for the annual Ariel Merry TubaChristmas. This 2 pm concert is part of a nationwide celebration of low brass music created by Harvey Phillips and is free and open to the public. Although TubaChristmas concerts can be heard all over the world this time of year, the Ariel’s incredible acoustics are especially favorable to low voices and make the Ariel Merry TubaChristmas concert an extra special treat for the ears.
Now in it’s 41st year, Merry TubaChristmas is presented in over 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. In an unusual turn of events, the concert itself is free to everyone but the participants pay to perform, as per the request of Phillips himself, to provide funding to continue the tradition throughout the country.
Phillips was inspired to create TubaChristmas as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell who was born on Christmas day in 1902. Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect to all the great artists and teachers who represent their heritage. Every TubaChristmas performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for low brass by American composer Alec Wilder who died on Christmas Eve 1980. Through Wilder, TubaChristmas concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions.
TubaChristmas ensembles attract players from 8 to 80. The beautiful sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won over the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TubaChristmas has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.
Click here to listen to a portion of Ariel's Merry TubaChristmas of 2012.
Click here to visit the Ariel's webpage for information on registering as a participant.
UPCOMING HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES
Dec. 19th at7 pm -The Voices of Christmas
featuring the Ariel Children’s Chorus, the French Colony Sweet Adelines Chorus, the Maddog Welsh Youth Choir and soloist Seth Argabright
Reds Auto Center is pleased to announce the expansion of their auto service and repair operation. This coming January, Reds will be opening a second location at 30 Sycamore Street in Gallipolis. There they will continue to offer auto maintenance services such as oil changes, brake inspections, and tire rotations, as well as auto repair for steering, suspension, exhaust, tires, brakes, engine, transmission and more. Additionally, having a tow truck stationed at the Gallipolis location will make towing, lockouts, jump starts, and tire changes more expedient for the in-town traffic.
Reds was founded by Red Brabham in 1976 and began as a mobile repair unit. Red and his wife Tammi later purchased a service station in Bidwell and took root. The building they purchased in 1980 is where the current repair and towing operation still remains 35 years later.
This Saturday, December 5th, Reds Auto Center will be serving hot chocolate before, during, and shortly after the Gallipolis Christmas Parade at their new shop located at 30 Sycamore Street. This year’s parade theme is “Home for the Holidays.” While you’re in town, stop by Reds Auto Center at the Sycamore Street location, tell them what you love about Gallipolis when you’re “home for the holidays” or your favorite hometown memory! Reds will compile everyone’s love for Gallipolis and share it on the wall of the new shop. When you reminisce with us, you will be entered to win 4 new tires (up to $350 value), a free 4-wheel alignment, or one of 5 free oil changes. Drawing to be held at the Reds Auto Center Gallipolis location GRAND OPENING in January.
Join the Ariel Children’s Chorus for its fall concert, Giving Thanks, on Sunday, November 29th at 2:00 pm in the Ariel Theatre’s 3rd floor Chamber Theatre. You’ll hear solos, duets and the entire group will sing Thanksgiving classics like Let Us Break Bread Together and We Come To Say Thank You. You’ll get to sing along with them on traditional hymns like Come Ye Thankful People Come and We Gather Together. Admission is free and open to the public.
As a prelude to the Christmas season, the ACC will offer Ruth Schram’s beautiful Christmas Grace, the haunting Walking in the Air from the movie THE SNOWMAN, and the hilarious Text Me Merry Christmas! The audience is invited to join the ACC on the chorus of the finale, Oye, a bouncy, highly rhythmic tune of celebration, complete with percussion! We look forward to seeing you.
The Ariel Children’s Chorus is under the direction of Judith Cavendish and meets Thursdays, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm in the Ariel Chamber Theatre located on the 3rd floor of the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre complex.