Bells On Temple Square Will Be Ringing Soon
You know the familiar tune “Sing We Now of Christmas.” This season, the Bells on Temple Square add a twist to the favorite title, calling their popular annual concert “Ring We Now of Christmas.” Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, this handbell concert promises to be a holiday favorite.
Conductor of the Bells, LeAnna Willmore, has programmed familiar hymns, classical arrangements, and Christmas songs for the concerts. Included are “Fantasy on King’s Weston,” which features the music of Vaughn Williams, Neumark, and Hassler; “With Tambourine Dancing,” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” There will be very familiar holiday fare as well, including “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Still, Still, Still,” two Spanish carols, “Fum, Fum, Fum” and “Riu, riu, chiu,” as well as the classic “Away in a Manger.”
Tickets have been available since Tuesday, November 4, but are nearly gone. Patrons are encouraged to join the standby line for last-minute seating, which is usually available. The Bells rehearsals on Wednesday evening are open to the public as well. “Rehearsing for this concert has been very rewarding,” Willmore states. “The audience will enjoy watching these experienced ringers-some have been with the handbell choir since it was organized-and will be delighted with the variety of unusual sounds produced by the bells.”
The handbell choir has been performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and in separate concerts since 2005. Part of the Choir family, the Bells organization includes 28 volunteer musicians drawn from the 100-mile radius of Temple Square. Watch the latest video by Bells on Temple Square, Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.