October 06, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center at Bucknell University will present a special family presentation of "Tubby the Tuba" with Matt Gaunt, the tuba soloist from the visiting Burning River Brass, on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

Bob Gainer, professor emeritus of theatre at Bucknell, narrates the tale, accompanied by the Bucknell University Symphonic Band under conductor William Kenny. The program will include other short works by the band and Burning River Brass, with introductions and explanations by the conductor and performers.

"Tubby the Tuba" has become a classic and family favorite," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. The show is taken from the title song written in 1945 by Paul Tripp and George Kleinsinger, a song that grew out of a tuba player's comment that "Tubas can sing, too."

The original recording, sung by Danny Kaye, was made into an animated film in 1975. "'Tubby the Tuba" has been translated into more than 30 languages, played by every major orchestra and band in the world, and narrated by a galaxy of stars.

This family matinee is free to the public through the generosity of Clayton and David Lightman and other members of the Weis Center Green Room Board. The 2009-10 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

Burning River Brass in concert
The Weis Center also will host a concert by Burning River Brass Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

"Burning River Brass is a group of of the finest brass and percussion players in the country. They perform with infectious joy and have a huge range of repertory from early music through classics and on to popular music and even big band arrangements," said Boswell.

Since 1999, the ensemble has released four CDs and this fall will release a second Christmas CD. Burning River Brass has been heard on NPR's "Performance Today" and "Sunday Baroque" as well as radio stations throughout the United States and abroad. To hear music samples, visit www.burningriverbrass.com.

For more information about events in the Weis Center Series, visit www.bucknell.edu/x12457.xml.

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