“Tubas are typically found near the rear of an orchestra,” writes Mike Crowley in Wednesday’s (7/20) Meadville Tribune (Meadville, PA). “But on Friday in Diamond Park, a very special tuba will emerge … to take center stage at long last. The occasion … is the Erie Philharmonic performance of ‘Tubby the Tuba,’ the much-loved family classic popularized by comedian Danny Kaye in the mid-20th century…. The performance will mark the second year in a row that the Erie Philharmonic gives a free performance in Diamond Park…. ‘We had such a good time last year,’ said Steve Weiser, the orchestra’s executive director…. The family-friendly ‘Tubby the Tuba’ is aimed directly at the youngsters likely to be in the audience… Also on the playlist is the overture from Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 comic opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ … Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and a short symphony by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…. Where funding for the Philharmonic’s 2021 visit was supported by federal coronavirus grants, this year … donations to support the performance were received from more than a dozen businesses, organizations and individuals.” The concert is part of the Erie Philharmonic’s free summer series throughout the Erie region.