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Hundreds of Tuba Players Will Perform a FREE Public Christmas Concert in Hollywood This Sunday

December 18, 2015 by Brian Champlin

What happens when you gather hundreds of tuba and baritone/euphonium players from all over SoCal to play a free concert of holiday classics?

You get TubaChristmas LA, now in its 39th year of bringing brass to the masses during the yuletide.

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Here’s how it works:

This Sunday players of all ages (from 8 to 80 the official website says) will congregate at the Hall of Liberty on the grounds of Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills to perform a selection of Christmas carols (and a few Hanukah songs too) starting at 7:00pm.

And here’s what it sounds like (from the 2012 performance):

via TubaChristmas LA on YouTube

For 2015 TubaChristmas LA will be conducted by Scott Wilkinson (now in his fifth year conducting) and will also feature appearances by world-renowned tubist Jim Self (the voice of the mothership in Close Encounters of the Third Kind), the Hollywood Tuba 12, the USC Tuba Quartet, and possibly even Santa Claus himself.

The concert is free and open to the public, and part of a worldwide celebration of TubaChristmas shows scheduled to be played in hundreds of different cities.

All tuba and baritone players are invited to play, regardless of experience and proficiency (students are heartily encouraged to join!).

If you’d like to participate as a player the registration cost is $10 and you’ll need to register between 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the event site.

A rehearsal will be held from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, and then the concert starts at 7:00pm.

The Hall of Liberty is located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068.

Parking is free at lots adjacent to the hall and on the street.

For more information visit tubachristmasla.com.

Enjoy!

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