Seasonal Special Happenings

Tuba Christmas at E.J. Thomas Hall

When: Sat., Dec. 18 2010

O Christmas tree: You’re nothin’ compared to TubaChristmas, with its lineup of 100-plus tubas, sousaphones, and assorted low-brass instruments decked out in tinsel, garland, and shiny lights. Founded in 1980 by University of Akron music professor Tucker Jolly, the annual TubaChristmas concert is a gift to the community from the university’s School of Music. Over the years, it has grown in popularity to the point that it is now among the largest events of its kind in the country. (And yes, oddly enough, there are other events of its kind in the country.) In any case, listening to all those tubas blurting out an assortment of Christmas songs and carols — many of them as sing-alongs — is an unforgettable bit of family fun. Plus, the concert is free for audience members — although musicians have to pony up five bucks to participate. See it, hear it, and believe it today at Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall (198 Hill St.) at noon and 2:30 p.m. Parking is free. Would-be performers should contact Tucker Jolly at 330-972-6641 or at For audience info, call 330-972-7570 or visit — Cicora


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