The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Join us for the Spring Concert of Bells on Temple Square!

The Bells on Temple Square will present “Dancing with Bells,” its annual spring concert on Friday, June 10, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.  The Bells on Temple Square will be under the direction of LeAnna Willmore, conductor, and Larry Smith, associate conductor. 

Anyone who has ever watched this delightful handbell ensemble perform will tell you that the artful bell ringing often looks like the performers are dancing with their bells. “With the bells, it not just about playing the notes,” said Teresa Winder, one of the charter members of the Bells on Temple Square. “It’s a visual art.” You don’t want to miss the chance to see and hear this performance.

The concert will feature the talented versatility of the 32-member handbell choir playing on a 7-octave set of English handbells, a 6 ½-octave set of handbells, and two 6-octave sets of hand chimes. The music in the concert spans a broad range of styles, from hymns (“Be Thou My Vision” and “Come, Thou Mighty King”) to a Welsh lullaby (on the theme of “Suo Gân”), to dance music with a foreign air (“Valse les Adieux,” “Danza Festivo,” and “Brazil”), and songs from Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean. The concert also includes solos by Temple Square organists Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, and numbers by members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.

Tickets for the spring Bells on Temple Square concert are free, but will go quickly as it is a single performance. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience “Dancing with Bells” by the Bells on Temple Square. Tickets may be requested beginning Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m.

For a sample of the enjoyment to be found at a Bells on Temple Square concert, watch the ensemble’s performance of the 1966 Beach Boys song, “Good Vibrations.”