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Ringing in 10 Years with the Bells on Temple Square

Ten years of bell ringing is something to celebrate. This year, the Bells on Temple Square marked the milestone of its creation in 2005 with special performances with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and concerts at BYU-Idaho and in the Tabernacle. “The 10th anniversary is a great tribute to the 32 musicians,” Leanna Willmore, conductor of the Bells says.

The Bells on Temple Square: Ringing in California!

The Bells on Temple Square, part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization, is touring again! The bell ensemble has played at various locations in Utah, and its first out-of-state performance was to Rexburg, Idaho, in 2015. This year the ensemble is traveling to Garden Grove, California, for the 2017 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. The group was selected to be the featured performer for the July 15 concluding concert, capping off the four-day seminar. LeAnna Willmore, conductor of the Bells on Temple Square, will direct the performance. The repertoire will explore a variety of musical genres from hymns, folk, and classical to jazz, gospel, and patriotic. The public is welcome to the performance in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Orange County on Saturday, July 15, at 6:00 p.m. For those able to attend the Southern California performance, tickets are available at the door for $15 or may be purchased online.

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. 

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.

Watch Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Performed Using Only Handbells

The Marriage of Figaro premiered on May 1, 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed the opera, also conducted the first two performances while seated at the keyboard. Another famed composed Johannes Brahms said, “In my opinion, each number inFigaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect; nothing like it was ever done again, not even by Beethoven."

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.

Get Tickets Early for Bells Concert!

The Bells on Temple Square will present its annual spring concert, "Bells in Motion," on Friday, May 31, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Last year, tickets for this very popular spring concert were all distributed in one day!