Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Choir plans con­cert

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ginny Ack­er­son

The Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Choir will present a Christ­mas con­cert at the Springville Mu­seum of Art on Sun­day, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m. The event, spon­sored by the Springville Arts Commission, is free to the pub­lic and seat­ing is first come, first served.

The Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Ringers are a vol­un­teer per­form­ing hand­bell choir with mem­bers who share one thing in com­mon: the love of hand­bells and the mu­sic they pro­duce. The group prac­tices to­gether weekly with the goals of per­form­ing the high­est qual­ity hand­bell mu­sic pos­si­ble and shar­ing their in­cred­i­ble sound with peo­ple ev­ery­where.

As a com­mu­nity group, the Ringers can ap­pear at an un­lim­ited va­ri­ety of venues in­clud­ing churches, cor­po­rate par­ties, fire­sides, fes­ti­vals and tal­ent com­pe­ti­tions. In 1999, they were hon­ored to per­form dur­ing the wor­ship ser­vice at the world-fa­mous Crys­tal Cathe­dral in Ana­heim, Calif. The Ringer’s di­rec­tor, Karen Eskew-Wyl­lie, be­gan play­ing the bells years ago in Florida. She and her hus­band Neil moved to Springville in 1991 where she be­came di­rec­tor of a small church hand­bell group that even­tu­ally be­came the Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Choir. Over the years, the group has grown in both size and ex­per­tise to con­sis­tently pro­duce out­stand­ing mu­sic at each con­cert. Eskew-Wyl­lie has made it her per­sonal mis­sion to share the unique sounds of the hand­bell with con­cert go­ers through­out Utah and be­yond.

Cast of bronze (cop­per and tin), the bells are each tuned to a sin­gle tone. When rung to­gether or in suc­ces­sion, they pro­duce melodies full of rich tones. The ringers must wear gloves to pro­tect the del­i­cate metal sur­face be­cause once dam­aged, a bell must be melted down and re­cast. The black and white han­dles are com­pa­ra­ble to the black and white keys on a pi­ano and de­note the sharps and flats of a note. At this year’s Springville con­cert, the group will per­form a va­ri­ety of Christ­mas fa­vorites. The choir has pro­duced CDs of hand­bell mu­sic that will be avail­able for sale dur­ing the con­cert. The hand­bell choir can be reached through its web­site at www.utah­bells.com. They were fea­tured in a Pizza Hut video which can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtaETOfIegA.

Also as part of the mu­seum’s Sun­day Con­cert Se­ries, Hat Trick Trio will per­form at the Springville Mu­seum of Art on Jan. 15, 2017. This in­stru­men­tal trio con­sists of April Clay­ton on flute, David Wal­lace play­ing vi­ola and Kristi Shade per­form­ing on the harp.

Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Choir

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