Westminster Bell Choir to perform in Paradise Valley May 22

The 2016 Bell Choir (submitted photo)

The 2016 Westminster Choir College Bell Choir (submitted photo)

The Westminster Choir College Concert Bell Choir will present a “Songs of America” concert at Ascension Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

The Westminster Concert Bell Choir, under the direction of conductor Kathleen Ebling Shaw, will perform at Ascension Lutheran Church as part of its three-week concert tour that is taking it along the California coast, through the Southwest and across America’s heartland.

There is no charge for the event, however, a freewill offering will be taken, according to a press release.

The tour program, titled “Songs of America,” includes arrangements of patriotic favorites and American songs and hymns, as well as original works, performed on the world’s largest range of handbells and Choirchimes.

Many are featured in the ensemble’s newest recording “Let Freedom Ring!” The patriotic favorites include Battle Hymn of the Republic, a medley of songs by George M. Cohan and an arrangement of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever that showcases the ensemble’s virtuosity.

Amazing Grace and Ezekiel Saw the Wheel are two of the hymns and spirituals in the concert repertoire. The ensemble will also perform two works that were composed to honor the memory of the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 terrorist attacks: Cathy

Moklebust’s Reflections on the Plains and Arnold Sherman’s Song of Peace.

Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane in Paradise Valley. For more information call 480-948-6050.

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