Tubas, Art And A Weekend Worth Singing About

Dec 18, 2015

Music and art are front and center the last weekend before Christmas. Here are three things you might consider doing this weekend. Ray Grim explains one the holiday's most unusual events.

"Well, we have our 37th annual Tubameisters Christmas concert."

That's Saturday at noon--but what the heck is a Tubameister's Concert?

"We invite folks that can play a tuba, or euphonium or baritone horn...and we go out to the Arneson River Theater and perform the concert."  

If you're wondering how many tuba-toting musicians show up to play, Grim puts on a smile. 

"The past few years, 150 plus!"

Then, on Saturday night at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, comes the most recent offering from Multi-Media and performance Artist Daniela Riojas.

"There are five of us in this program."

She's describing the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's Artist in Residence program and its five person showing. As to her project it started with a cross-country jaunt. Riojas went on a quest to the New Mexican mountains where she found inspiration in Native Americans' ancient purification rights.

"I went to the Tesuque Pueblo where I harvested the corn."

Her performance tonight and Saturday night will be to grind that corn, creating an offering to the San Antonio river. She'll encourage the audience to participate, too. She thinks the San Antonio River has been over-commercialized. 

"It needs some sort of healing, or at least for people to give its sacred qualities back to it."

Riojas will desplay large format pictures and much more--That's Saturday night.

Friday through Sunday, the San Antonio Mastersingers join the Symphony.

"Oh, Holiday Pops! The Mastersingers are 120 voices strong"she said. Reflecting on what's happening in the show, with the San Antonio Symphony," says Mastersinger Chancey Blackburn. "We have also the Trinity University Handbell Ensemble."

This all happens at the Tobin Center.

"I was there last night and it's all decked out in red and green, and it's gorgeous."

For more on the Tubameisters, go here.

For more on the Daniela Riojas exhibit, go here.

For more on the Mastersingers Holiday Pops concert, go here