NEW BRITAIN-The tubas are coming.
TubaChristmas, a worldwide celebration of the season, returns to central Connecticut for the third year on Saturday, Dec. 16
TubaChristmas is a program of well-loved Christmas songs played by tuba players of all ages and levels.
Tubaists from area bands, colleges and brass groups, as well as individual tuba enthusiasts, will perform a total of 14 songs.
These songs include classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night,” under the direction of Walter Gibson, principal tubaist of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra.
Associate professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, Mary Anne Nunn, will narrate and lead the audience in a traditional sing-a-long.
For 44 years, TubaChristmas has becoming a nationwide celebration, being held in venues like Kennedy Center, in New York City, Faneuil Hall in Boston and even the ice skating rink of Rockefeller Center in New York City.
The event has been organized by New Britain attorney Anne Marshall, who wanted a fun event for her grandchildren, and thought TubaChristmas sounded perfect.
“What could be more fun than a stage full of tubas and tuba players dressed for the holidays, merrily playing Christmas carols with families singing along? It just makes me smile,” Marshall said.
New Britain TubaChristmas will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main Street in New Britain.
The event is open to the public and admission is free.