Free TubaChristmas Palmer House Dec 17. TubaChristmas is an amazing celebration. Each year, 400 tuba players take over the Grand and State Ballroom of the Palmer House to play holiday favorites.
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:30 pm Seating is first come first served.
Where: The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, Upper Exhibition Hall, between the 3rd & 4th floors, 312-726-7500.
Admission is free, but they ask that you bring canned food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Arrive early.
Here’s how to get into TubaChristmas:
- We will distribute at the check in desk on the 4th floor, color coordinated wristbands according to pickup time.
- You will be notified at the time the wristband is picked up to report back to the 4th floor foyer area 45 minutes before the event or 11:15 a.m.
- Lining up will not be allowed on the 4th floor foyer area prior to 45 minutes before the event.
- Doors to the Ballroom will open at 12:00 noon for the 12:30 concert.
- The color of your wristband ensures your spot in line to enter the ballroom.
- Guests who retrieved wristbands first will be allowed to enter the Grand/State Ballroom first.
- For your safety, once the Grand/State ballroom reaches max capacity/or all wristbands have been distributed, guests will be directed to the overflow ballroom (Red Lacquer Room).
- The overflow room will have the concert live on a TV screen for all guests to enjoy.
- If guests do not pick up a wristband prior to the event, they will not be allowed to enter the ballroom until all wrist banded guests have entered (depending on room occupancy).
- Please be considerate and follow the guidance of the Palmer House security personnel.
- We respectfully ask the audience to donate a non-perishable food item which will be distributed to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Thank you.
2016 is the 43nd anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.
The first TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.