WRITER: ALEX CAREY
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Nov. 22, 2000
Holiday season in Iowa City means tubas on the loose
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The holiday season approaches at
the University of Iowa, and the truly informed know that means just one thing
-- tuba players roaming the Pentacrest.
The Collegium Tubum ensemble, conducted by School
of Music faculty member Robert Yeats, will continue its annual tradition of
filling Iowa Citys frigid December air with popular holiday tunes. The
group will perform at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, the final day of UI fall-semester
classes, on the east side of the Old Capitol. The event is free and open to
The ensemble has not decided which songs it will play
this year, but Yeats promises the usual "mixture of Christmas carols
and silly seasonal songs."
Dont tell the children, but Yeats also plans
to reprise his role as Santa Claus, once again donning the fluffy white beard
and red suit. His students will be in costume too, though Yeats couldnt
say exactly what they have planned. In past years students have adorned themselves
and their instruments with, among other things, assorted Christmas tree decorations
and reindeer antlers.
"It depends on what kind of mood theyre
in," Yeats said.
Depending on the weather, from 15 to 30 tubists and euphonium
players participate in the performances. Yeats estimates that a cumulative
total of 200-300 students and community members have played in the annual
events, including some working people who take the day off to join forces
with the Collegium Tubum.
Yeats has been a part of the Collegium Tubum ensembles
annual holiday concert since 1973, when he joined the UI School of Music faculty.
When hes not portraying Santa, Yeats teaches tuba and euphonium.
For more information on this event, please contact
the UI School of Music at 335-1603.
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