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Third annual Tuba Christmas is coming to Eastwood Mall



Published: Thu, November 29, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



NILES -- Tuba Christmas is coming to Eastwood Mall.

The third annual performances will be at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday in the main concourse.

It's being sponsored by Trumbull County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Tribune-Chronicle, Eastwood Mall and the Harvey Phillips Foundation.

A number of tenor and bass tubists of all ages will perform. Tubists are needed. To participate, call 544-3468 or (800) 672-9555.

Wesley O'Connor, band director for Boardman Schools, will conduct the performances, with help from John Turk, director of Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University.

Tuba Christmas started 28 years ago and has established itself as a Christmas tradition in more than 170 U.S. cities and several foreign countries.

Harvey Phillips founded the event in 1974 as a way to honor his teacher, William J. Bell, who was born Christmas Day 1902.

Every performance features traditional Christmas carols arranged for the first Tuba Christmas that was staged Dec. 22, 1974, in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza, by American composer Alec Wilder. The public is encouraged to bring bells and sing along.




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