Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will gather at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, located between 49th and 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, on Sunday, December 17th, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and fill the plaza with holiday classics. Spectators are encouraged to sing along.
The musicians, hailing from across the country, will be led by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, and conducted by Paul LaValle of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition takes place in over 200 cities around the world.
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