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Carol Jantsch: Taking the Tuba Beyond Oom-Pah-Pahs

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Carol Jantsch is prinicpial tuba player for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The largest member of an orchestra’s brass section was invented in the 1830s to play low and powerful notes. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the tuba has a surprising range and versatility. Susan spoke with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch for some insight into the world of the tuba.

Jantsch's recordings include her 2009 solo album, Cascades, and Reflections on the Mississippi, a new CD featuring a tuba concerto written by Michael Daugherty for Jantsch and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba, Carol Jantsch, speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis and demonstrates some of the tuba's lesser-known capabilities.