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Dec. 1, 2005

UI Collegium Tubum Continues Holiday Music Tradition Dec. 9

The University of Iowa Collegium Tubum -- also known as the UI Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble -- will continue a longstanding and popular campus tradition when it presents its annual outdoor performance of holiday music at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 on the front steps of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

John Manning, now in his second year as tuba professor at the UI School of Music, said, "As usual, we will be playing lighter holiday fare. I will be dressed as Santa Claus and conducting the ensemble with my giant candy-cane baton. We'll have candy canes for the kids and all are welcome to join in singing or playing, but BYOTOE -- bring your own tuba or euphonium!

"We will provide music and music stands, while hot cocoa will be provided by the Museum of Natural History. Come and hear the tubas, then warm up inside and let the kids see the giant sloth -- the one inside the building!"

Manning noted that this is the last year that the tubas will oom-pah from the steps of Macbride Hall. "The renovation of Old Capitol will be completed by next year's holiday tubas event, when we will return to Old Cap," he said.

Since it is outside, the concert will naturally be free, and Manning promises that it will take place, regardless of weather. In Iowa, that is of course a significant promise: The concert has often been played amid snow flurries, and in some past years frigid temperatures have forced the group to perform in tag-team fashion, with members periodically retreating indoors to un-freeze their valves.

To heighten the festive spirit of the event, ensemble members customarily decorate their instruments, and some wear costumes of their own.

As a founding member of the award-winning Atlantic Brass Quintet, Manning has toured across the United States and around the world. The quintet has won six international chamber music competitions and performed at the White House, Tanglewood, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Savannah Onstage, the Sacramento Festival for New American Music, and other festivals and concert series around the country.

An active freelance musician, Manning has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Empire Brass and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has also served as principal tubist with the Vermont Symphony and Albany (N.Y.) Symphony. As a Yamaha solo artist, he has appeared at Louisiana State University Octubafest, the International Tuba Euphonium Conferences 2000 and 2002, and Music Educators Conferences in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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