(Editor's note: The following is a news release from the University of Akron.)
TubaSummer — a summertime version of Akron’s popular TubaChristmas — is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a free concert July 17, 7 p.m., on Buchtel Common at The University of Akron.
Free and open to the public, the concert will feature summer favorites performed by tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium musicians from throughout the region.
The concert takes place on the grass amphitheater adjacent to Guzzetta Hall and near the renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s towering blue polymer sculpture. Guzzetta Hall is at 139 E. Buchtel Ave., across from E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall and the Polymer Science Building on the UA campus. The rain location is Guzzetta Recital Hall, 139 E. Buchtel Ave.
Free parking will be available in the parking deck and surface lot on E. Buchtel Avenue, across from Guzzetta Hall. Audience members are invited to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs.
Tucker Jolly, the founder of Akron’s TubaChristmas and a professor of music at The University of Akron (UA), will conduct the group. Bob Jorgensen, director of University Bands, will be the guest conductor.
The University of Akron School of Music is the sponsor of TubaSummer, which began on Cascade Plaza in downtown Akron.
Tucker Jolly joined UA’s music faculty in 1980 and began Akron’s TubaChristmas that same year. The first performance was held outside on the Cascade Plaza with 55 musicians. TubaChristmas has grown into a popular community tradition that draws capacity audiences and hundreds of musicians for two yearly performances. This year’s 32nd anniversary event will be Dec. 17, with free performances at noon and 2:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall at The University of Akron.