Friday, December 20, 2013

Totally Texas -- Have a merry and bright TubaChristmas

TubaChristmas at Thanks-Giving Square

1627 Pacific Avenue, Dallas


Expect nearly two hundred players of tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums, and maybe even a baritone horn or so for Tuesday’s free Christmas Eve TubaChristmas concert in Dallas’s Thanks-Giving Square. Until I attended for the first time last year, I had never heard a massed playing of these big brass instruments. They’re amazingly mellow. And the sunken garden at Thanks-Giving Square gives the brass plenty of space to reverberate while eliminating most of the street noises.

The concert starts at noon, but get there early for a good view for the parade of tubas arriving to play a concert of Christmas carols arranged just for them. This year’s conductor is Texas native Tim Buzbee, principal tubist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

As of this writing, the weather forecast for Christmas Eve looks great--sunny, with highs in the 50’s. There is very little seating room at the square, so bring your own or, for a better view, be prepared to stand for the half hour or so of the concert.

Last year there were food trucks, which I hope will return. Or bring your own lunch. Either way, take a break from the holiday madness.

Thanks-Giving Square is located near the intersection of Ross and Akard in downtown Dallas, a couple of blocks from the Akard DART station. For more information about Thanks-Giving Square, or driving and parking directions, see

As always, entrance is free to the square, with its conical tower designed by Philip Johnson and housing an overhead stained glass window. The square is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And for Fort Worth readers--yes, you get your own TubaChristmas concert Monday, December 23. It’s a noon in the Ed Landreth Auditorium on the TCU campus. For more about TubaChristmas, see

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