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Release: Nov. 30, 2001
Undaunted By Old Capitol Fire, UI Tubists Celebrate Season Dec. 14
CITY, Iowa -- Tuba and euphonium players from the University of Iowa and the
surrounding region -- an ad hoc ensemble known as the Collegium Tubum -- have
performed holiday music on the Pentacrest on the final day of fall classes
for more than a quarter century, so they were not about to let the recent
conflagration of the Old Capitol dome discourage them. They will be raising
spirits somewhere in the vicinity of the Old Capitol at 12:30 p.m. Friday,
"Our exact location will be determined by the areas available
to us and the direction and strength of the wind," explains Robert Yeats,
the UI School of Music faculty member who directs the performance in his Santa
"Our program, too, is also somewhat determined by the
weather (no 2-pagers if the wind is over 10 knots)," he continues. "Traditionally
we feature familiar carols interspersed with homemade arrangements of seasonal
silliness. So put on your longjohns and earmuffs and look around the Old Capitol
area for the sound of caroling tubas and the sight of huddled masses of tuba
players yearning to be warm."
As always, any and all tuba and euphonium players are
welcome to participate. "Brother and Sister tuba and euphonium players are
welcome to join us, but call 319-335-1656 to make sure we bring enough music,"
Yeats says. "Others are welcome to sing, dance or just jump up and down during
A graduate of UI and Ithaca College in New York, Yeats
has taught tubists at the UI for nearly 30 years. He was principal tubist
with the Cedar Rapids Symphony for 19 years and has appeared as soloist with
many professional orchestras, bands and brass ensembles on the East Coast
and across the Midwest. He plays in the Iowa Brass Quintet and edits the "University
of Iowa Guide to Selected Wind and Percussion Materials."
The School of Music is part of the UI Division of
Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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