Tuba Tuba Do

Ready to feel the earth move? The holidays aren’t really the holidays in downtown Denver until the annual TubaChristmas Concert has been heard from. The multi-generational oompah band featuring more than 300 tubas will once again hold forth, sunshine or frost, under the direction of the University of Colorado’s Bill Clark from 1 to 2 p.m. today in Skyline Park on the 16th Street Mall.

Clark, the ensemble’s greatest booster, has always held that tuba music doesn’t really sound as bad as it seems. In fact, he says, it can be quite melodic when properly tailored to the instrument. Yes, he admits, bringing an eight-to-eighty community band together for just one day without much practice is a challenge, but somehow the crew always manages to pull through. And believe it or not, similar concerts have sounded off in cities all over the world for close to forty years; the first took place in Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan in 1974.

The show is free — and after you’ve heard the jazzy holiday repertoire, you can stick around to do some last-second shopping in the area. Go to downtowndenver.com for all the details.
Sun., Dec. 23, 1-2 p.m., 2012