A young Eugene Dowling shows his brass

Ah, how the years add up. While Eugene Dowling has been a faculty member of the School of Music for over 30 years now, and spent 25 years as principal tubist with the Victoria Symphony, it’s been a cool five decades since he first took up the tuba.

Even though he’s no longer with the Symphony, he has maintained an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, an avid Dixieland jazz musician and, of course, the local organizer for the ever-popular annual Tuba Christmas event. His career has spanned collaborations with everyone from Peter Pears to the Moody Blues, and from Sarah McLachlan to Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. He has recorded in a wide variety of styles, ranging from work as a soloist with the London Symphony to supporting local rock band the Laundronauts, and his recording The English Tuba on the Fanfare/Pro Arte label was nominated for a Juno Award and received a number of favourable reviews and North America-wide radio play.

To celebrate this distinguished diversity, Dowling will be hosting a celebratory concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, at UVic’s PhillipT. Young Recital Hall. He has chosen a bold program of music by classical composers Dmitri Shostakovich, Bruce Broughton and Anthony Plog, accompanied by pianist Tzenka Dianova and featuring jazz standards by Stephen Brown and the Bastion Jazz Band.

Please join him in celebrating this notable milestone in a memorable music career! Tickets are $17.50 & $13.50 at the door or in advance at the University Centre Box Office, by phone (250-721-8480) or online.