The annual holiday tradition returns to The Village of Baytowne Wharf with a few exciting additions! Tuba Christmas and Ice Skating Extravaganza takes place Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6-9pm. Top of a beautiful night with a holiday fireworks show over the bay. Admission is free and open to the public.
First, Playground Music Center presents the annual Tuba Christmas, where more than 30 brass instruments play some of your favorite holiday classics.
After the concert, the Village will host two ice skating shows with figure skating pair Jennifer Don and Ryan Berning Jennifer Don is a National, International, and World Junior Medalist in singles and pairs. Highlights of her competitive career include World Junior Bronze medalist in pairs, U.S. National Collegiate Champion in singles, and National Champion of Taiwan in singles. She holds a place in skating trivia for being the first woman to ever win a competition under the new IJS judging system in Oberstdorf, Germany. At one point, she was the only skater in the world who qualified to compete internationally in singles and pairs on the Junior Grand Prix Series. She was the head choreographer for the Four Continents Championships’ closing ceremony in Taiwan, working with olympians such as Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Mao Asada, Mirai Nagasu, and Daisuke Takahashi. Jennifer has a BA from UCLA.
Ryan Berning has been skating professionally for 7 Years working for companies including Holiday on Ice, AEG entertainment, and Royal Caribbean cruiselines. While working for Royal Caribbean he had the opportunity to skate aboard 3 different ships; The Voyager of the seas, Oasis of the seas, and Allure of the Seas. He is a former 3 time national skater and 3 time junior National competitor for the United States. He was the Midwestern Sectional Champion in Junior pairs.
It will be a night of fun for the whole family! And don't forget to stop by the Events Plaza and take your photo with Santa.
2016 is the 43nd anniv ersary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. The first TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.
December Festivities in The Village
Twelve Nights of Light: a festive light show in the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza set to your favorite holiday music every Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.
Baytowne on Ice: skating rink will be open from Oct. 29 through Feb. 11
Visit Ol' Saint Nick: in the Events Plaza on Wednesdays from 6-8pm: Dec. 7, 14, 21
Tuba Christmas, Ice Skating Extravaganza and Fireworks: Saturday, December 10 5-8pm
Holiday Concert Series: Wednesdays in December 6-8pm
Baytowne Countdown: Saturday, December 31
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the heart and soul of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and the gathering place for many locals and visitors along the Emerald Coast. Baytowne Wharf features restaurants, bars, shops, and family-friendly activities throughout the village. Sitting on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the area pieces together elements of an old fishing village and a New Orleans marketplace, making the atmosphere fun and relaxing. Baytowne is home of some of SoWal's most beloved events: Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Sandestin Wine Festival, Baytowne Beer Fest, Wednesday Night Concerts, Baytowne Art Walk and many special events throughout the year.
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