Courtesy Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
ILWACO, Wash. — The public is invited to enjoy some rich sounds-of-the-season at the annual Tuba Christmas concert 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (115 S.E. Lake St., Ilwaco).
This free concert will feature the Astoria Tuba Quartet performing a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements and a polka or two at this family-friendly event.
The quartet was formed in 1980, and its current members have performed together since 1997. Original member Dennis Hale plays F tuba, Bob Joiner and Brian Bergman play euphoniums, and Lee Stromquist plays double bass F tuba. Stromquist also arranges selections for the group.
The tuba’s versatility allows the group to perform traditional Christmas selections like “Sleigh Ride,” jazz selections by noted composer/arrangers Lenny Niehaus and Bill Holman, the beloved Evergreen Polka, and, as arranged by Stromquist, the quartet’s version of the “Dance of the Reed Flutes” (from the Nutcracker Suite), playfully titled “Dance of the Rude Brass.”
The 2017 Tuba Christmas concert is sponsored by the Ilwaco Merchants Association and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact the museum at 360-642-3446.