This has to be one of San Antonio’s most distinctive holiday events. It’s one where people come from far and wide to blow their horn. Literally. And you can hear the difference from the very first notes.
“I think most of us who play the tuba enjoy what we do and are perfectly happy playing a supportive role most of the time.”
Meet Ray Grim, with the Tubameisters. Once a year, Tuba and Euphonium players converge and take over the stage.
“It’s become a community event. We actually have people come in from out of town to attend the concert.”
It’s a combination of a fascinating setting and a unique concert. That fascinating setting is called Villa Finale.
“Villa Finale is the only National Historic Trust Site in Texas.”
Meet Villa Finale’s Sylvia Gonzalez.
“It’s located in the King William National Historic District, and was the last home of Walter Nold Mathis, who is credited with being the catalyst for revitalization of the King William Historic neighborhood.”
You’ve got a really interesting concert coming along on Thursday; tell us about that.
It’s a passion play with roots that go beyond the borders of Texas, far beyond even Mexico. It’s called Los Pastores.
“It actually originated from the Franciscan Friars from Spain.”
That's the play's Assistant Director, Deborah Covarrubias-Barcenez.
“They brought it to the New World, to Mexico, to teach the indigenous people the nativity story. And from Mexico is was brought to Texas, to here in San Antonio, in 1910 to our parish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.”