Tuba U: Basso Profundo

Mon, 04/27/2009 - 10:30pm
Pictured: Winston Morris (1986)
Photo Credit: TTU Photo Services
Tuba U: Basso Profundo, airing Monday, April 27 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1), follows an unusual 22-piece musical ensemble into the recording studio, across the U.S., and onto the stage of renowned Carnegie Hall. Featuring the career of tuba maestro Winston Morris, the compositions of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller, a visit to German tuba makers, and the 100-member Tubas of Mass Destruction, this is the anatomy of one instrument that speaks to the dedication and discipline shared by players of all instruments.

The program examines the value of the individual within the context of the ensemble and assures viewers that some unexpected and unusual things are indeed worthy of a lifetime of commitment. Tuba U dispels assumptions of size, value and ability, addressing prejudice — even if a very quirky one. Filled with “who knew?” moments, the documentary takes a look at the history, physicality, and personalities of the tuba.