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Christmas sousaphones

Weekend of December 20, 2014

'Tis the season of TubaChristmas

Scott Wilkinson is a professional tuba player. He says that people often joke about the tuba...but not in December. 'Tis the season of TubaChristmas! On this weekend's Performance Today, Wilkinson will tell us about TubaChristmas, and we'll hear highlights from one of this year's concerts.

Today's Playlist



hour 1

  • William Beckstrand
    Winter Solstice Carol
    National Lutheran Choir; David Cherwien, conductor (choir); Bill Mathis, conductor (handbells)
    Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN
  • Arnold Schoenberg
    Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4
    Erin Keefe, violin; Stephen Rose, violin; Phillip Ying, viola; Virginia Barron, viola; David Ying, cello; Bion Tsang, cello
    The Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Samuel Barber
    Sure on this shining night, Op. 13
    Conspirare; Craig Hella Johnson, conductor
    Samuel Barber: An American Romantic
    Harmonia Mundi 807522
  • Traditional (arr. Joey Hoelscher)
    Still, Still, Still
    Brigham Young University Singers; Ronald Staheli, conductor
    de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo, UT
  • Traditional (arr. Jon Hansen)
    O Little Town of Bethlehem
    USC Bass Tuba Quartet: Brandon Davis, Charlie Mann, Kyle Richter, James Similuk
  • Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (arr. Joey Sellers)
    Winter Wonderland
    The Hollywood Tuba 12: Bill Booth; Alex Iles; Alan Kaplan; Loren Marsteller; Bill Reichenbach; Don Sawday, euphonium; Blake Cooper; Gary Hickman; Steve Klein; Beth Mitchell; Norm Pearson; Doug Tornqui
    Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, CA

hour 2

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Sleeping Beauty: Waltz
    Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor
    DG 445775
  • Gabriel Faure
    Ave Maria
    Joshua Bell, violin
    Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends
    Sony 374318
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto C Major, RV 443 for recorder and strings: 1. Allegro
    Kremerata Baltica; Michala Petri, recorder
    Tivoli Garden Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    The Nutcracker: Movements 3,4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 15
    Berlin Philharmonic; Simon Rattle, conductor
    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
    EMI 46385
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