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Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ginny Ack­er­son

The Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Ringers will present a Christ­mas con­cert at the Springville Mu­seum of Art on Sun­day, Dec. 13, at 4:30 p.m. Spon­sored by the Springville Arts Com­mis­sion, it is free to the pub­lic; how­ever, tick­ets are nec­es­sary to at­tend. Free tick­ets are now avail­able at the mu­seum’s in­for­ma­tion desk.

The Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Ringers is a vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion and prac­tices to­gether weekly with the goal of pro­duc­ing the high­est qual­ity mu­sic pos­si­ble and shar­ing their in­cred­i­ble sound with peo­ple every­where.

Di­rec­tor Karen Eskew-Wyl­lie be­gan play­ing the bells years ago in Florida. Af­ter mov­ing to Springville in 1991, she be­came di­rec­tor of a small church hand­bell group which even­tu­ally be­came the Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Ringers. Over the years, the group has grown in both size and ex­per­tise to pro­duce out­stand­ing mu­sic at each con­cert.

Cast of bronze and alu­minum, the bells are tuned to a sin­gle note. When rung, they pro­duce beau­ti­ful melodies. Bells have been cre­ated the same way for hun­dreds of years. The molten bronze is poured into a sand mold and af­ter cool­ing, the sand is re­moved to ex­pose some­thing that looks vaguely like a bell. Placed on the lath­er­ing ta­ble, the bell starts to take shape as layer af­ter layer of metal is care­fully re­moved from the in­side and out­side of the bell. Then tun­ing be­gins. The ringers must wear gloves to pro­tect the del­i­cate metal sur­face be­cause once dam­aged, a bell must be melted down and re­cast.

On Jan. 17, 2016, the Sun­day Con­cert Se­ries will present Clive Rom­ney, a Pearl Award-win­ning record­ing pro­ducer, com­poser, song­writer, sto­ry­teller, ar­ranger, teacher and per­former and a 42-year vet­eran of the mu­sic busi­ness. Rom­ney plays gui­tar, man­dolin, banjo, ac­cor­dion and var­i­ous eth­nic in­stru­ments.

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