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Bells Will Be Ringing in June 12 Concert

“Joyfully Ring” says it all.  The Bells on Temple Square will be celebrating its 10thanniversary at its concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on June 12 at 7:30 pm.  The one-evening performance will recognize the formation of the ensemble in 2005 and will include thirteen of the original charter members who are still ringing ten years later. LeAnna Willmore, who has been with the Bells since its beginning—first as associate conductor and then as conductor since 2011—will direct the choir. Larry Smith, associate conductor, will also lead the ensemble.

Tickets for the program will be available on next Tuesday, May 19 at lds.org/events.  Limit of four tickets per request.

The program will include a variety of music, classical to contemporary, including audience favorites such as “Finlandia,” “Good Vibrations,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

“To be celebrating our tenth anniversary is a great tribute to our musicians,” Willmore says. An anonymous donation in March 2005 to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization made the bell choir possible.  Today, the set of hand bells used by the Bells on Temple Square has grown to include a 7-octave set of English hand bells, a 6 ½ -octave set of hand bells, and two 6-octave sets of hand chimes. In 2005, more than 200 applied for the first 32 slots in the choir.  There are occasional openings so watch Choir Notes for announcements of bell choir auditions. Information is also available at mormontabernaclechoir.org/about/bells.

The bell choir performs regularly with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, offers two concerts of its own each year and recently performed at BYU-Idaho.