Bells at Temple Square Concert
The Bells at Temple Square will present its much anticipated first concert of 2022, “Life’s Journeys” on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Anyone who has ever watched this delightful handbell ensemble perform will tell you that the bell ringing engages the audience and often looks like the performers are dancing with their 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.” You won’t want to miss the chance to see and hear the Bells perform!
This 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 music for the evening will explore a variety of musical genres from hymns, and anthems to and classical to jazz. 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 solo, provided on this concert by Temple Square organist Joseph Peeples.
The evening opens with music of praise with “Acclamation in G. Minor,” “Ring His Glorious Praise,” “Life’s Journey,” and “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” The next section includes music of Illumination with arrangements of composer Felix Mendelssohn’s “Italian Symphony” along with “Sabre Dance,” Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster’s “The Prayer,” and Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” The bells then move to explorations of Celebration melodies and sounds with “Spiritfire,” “Jazzin’” “Them Basses,” ending the concert with a delightfully performed “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
A concert program suitable for printing is available here.
Tickets for the concert are free, but required, and usually go quickly as the concert is held only on one night. Each patron may request four tickets, and admission is open to those eight years of age and older. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Friday, May 20, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, here.
Access to the Tabernacle on Temple Square will be through the west gates, with limited access through the south gate. Check the map here for access and parking locations
Stream the Concert
This concert will be streamed live on The Tabernacle Choir’s website 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 “Watch and Listen” section.
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 taken part in the weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcast and play a major role in the Choir’s annual Christmas concerts.