|Handbell ring returns to B.G.|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 13 April 2012 09:02|
The handbell choirs are returning for a massed ringing concert in Bowling Green.
The event will be held on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. with 19 churches participating, including five from Bowling Green, and one each from Pemberville, Perrysburg and Waterville.
Additional churches will join the concert from as far away as Lima and Norwalk. There will be three Toledo churches involved, two from Maumee; and churches from nearby communities including Findlay, Liberty Center, Oregon and Whitehouse.
Representing Bowling Green will be St. Marks Lutheran, Trinity United Methodist, First United Methodist, St. Aloysius, and both an adult and elementary bell choir from First Christian Church. Also part of the event will be the bell choirs from Bethlehem Lutheran in Pemberville; St. Rose Parish, Perrysburg and Waterville United Methodist.
The massed ringing conductor is Susan Berry, director/clinician at handbell events internationally. She is also the author of the book "Healthy Ringing," as well as the curriculum "Learning to Ring" and video "Bell Basics," and owner of Handbell Services, Inc. located in Dearborn, Mich.
At the "Bowling Green Handbell Ring" there will be five massed ring pieces, along with four solo choir pieces. There will also be two featured duo pieces for just two ringers.
The bell choirs will be accompanied by various other instruments in specific pieces. As part of the presentation there will be featured a praise band, brass quintet, violin, and vocalist.
The program, which is a biannual event, is scheduled to last one hour and will feature more than 225 ringers in the combined choirs.
The concert will be featured in the Bowling Green High School gymnasium, 530 W. Poe Road. It is open to the public and a freewill offering will be taken.
The event is coordinated through the national organization, Handbell Musicians of America, whose motto is, "Uniting People in a Musical Art."
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