Tuba Christ­mas blows into Mar­ket Square to­day

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Hear Christ­mas tunes such as We Three Kings, Good King Wences­las and Jin­gle Bells played with a dis­tinc­tive deep, bari­tone sound as 100 mu­si­cians with tubas and eu­pho­ni­ums cel­e­brate Tuba Christ­mas at Mar­ket Square to­day.

Mu­si­cians from Greater Vic­to­ria and around the re­gion will gather to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of the hol­i­day concert.

“It’s al­ways a great mys­tery as to who shows up,” said Paul Beauch­esne, con­duc­tor for the event and prin­ci­pal tuba player with the Vic­to­ria Sym­phony. “There’s lots of buzz this year be­cause it is our 40th an­niver­sary.”

The crowd at to­day’s concert will be treated to a new ar­range­ment com­posed just for the brass in­stru­ments.

Peo­ple who are un­able to at­tend in per­son can watch it through a video stream at times­colonist.com.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Times Colonist Christ­mas Fund, which as­sists fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als in need. Ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion. The concert runs 1 to 3 p.m. to­day in the court­yard of Mar­ket Square, 560 Johnson St. Dress for the weather, as the venue is out­doors.

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