Stream Bells Holiday Concert: “Visions of the Season”
Have you ever watched a Bells at Temple Square performance? It is an experience you won’t want to miss because the bell ringers appear to be “dancing” to the enchanting musical sounds of these bells. “With the Bells, it is not just about playing the notes,” said Teresa Winder, one of the charter members of the Bells at Temple Square. “It’s a visual art.” Now audiences will be able to watch the concert stream wherever they are in the world!
Stream the Concert on November 18 and then On-Demand!
On Friday, November 18, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. (mountain time) the Bells at Temple Square will stream their concert from the Tabernacle on Temple Square as they celebrate the start of this year’s holidays with “Visions of the Season.” It will be streamed on The Tabernacle Choir’s website at www.tabchoir.org and on the Choir’s YouTube channel. It will also be available for on-demand viewing at the end of the concert on the Choir’s YouTube channel and in the Choir’s website's “Watch and Listen” section.
The concert will be led by LeAnna Willmore, conductor of the Bells at Temple Square, with the assistance of Geoff Anderson, associate conductor. The concert will feature the talented versatility of the 33-member handbell choir playing on two sets of English handbells (one with 7 octaves and one with 6½ octaves) and two 6-octave sets of hand chimes.
The evening features Beethoven’s “Hymn to Joy” and the American folk song “Shenandoah” and “This Is My Country.” These will be followed by Christmas favorites “Christmas is Coming,” “Carol of the Birds,” “Joy to the World,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Holy Night,” and “We Three Kings.” The concert finishes with “The Man with the Bag” and “Wizards in Winter.” As with past Bells at Temple Square concerts, the handbell numbers will be interspersed with performances by members of the Orchestra at Temple Square and organ solos provided by Temple Square organists Linda Margetts and Joseph Peeples.
Tickets for the concert are free but required. Tickets for the concert have all been distributed.. However, a standby line will be available for those without tickets. It will form at the east entrance of the Tabernacle.
Access to the Tabernacle on Temple Square will be through the west gates. Check the map for access and parking locations.
About the Bells at Temple Square
The Bells at Temple Square have been performing with The Tabernacle Choir and in separate concerts since it was organized in 2005. The Bells at Temple Square handbell ensemble includes 33 volunteer musicians drawn from within 100 miles of Temple Square. Like the members of The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Chorale at Temple Square, all the bell ringers are volunteer musicians. In addition to its anticipated twice-yearly concerts, the Bells often take part in the Choir's weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcast and play a special role in the Choir’s annual Christmas concerts.