The Blue Ridge Ringers, a western North Carolina community handbell ensemble, will perform several public Christmas concerts in Hendersonville and Brevard, NC in November and December 2014. Organized in September 1995, this 5-octave ensemble rings under the direction of Robert Currier of Brevard. All of the concerts are free and open to the public.
From the classic Ukrainian Bell Carol, arranged by Hart Morris, to Cathy Moklebust’s compelling arrangement of Silent Night, the ringing of Christmas music on handbells is distinctive and refreshing. Valerie Stephenson’s arrangement of the Catalan carol, Fum, Fum, Fum, played in its entirety with mallets, is a visual and aural delight. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas makes a new appearance in a slow jazz/swing style, arranged by Joel Raney. ‘Twas in the Moon at Wintertime is based on the Huron carol, originally a French folk tune, which evolved into a Canadian Christmas hymn and is now known as the first North American Christmas carol. The lovely and poignantManger Lullaby, featuring a flute solo, weaves together the two familiar tunes of Away in a Manger. Arnold Sherman’s Masters in this Hall, a favorite of handbell ensembles, brings this centuries-old French carol to life with relentless drive and energy. These selections and more will be heard at the Blue Ridge Ringers concerts during the 2014 Christmas season.
Their concert schedule is:
Sun. Dec 7 – in Concert with the Hendersonville Community Band, Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville campus Conference Hall, 3 pm.
Fri. Dec 12 – Henderson County Public Library, Kaplan Auditorium, 3 pm.
Sun. Dec 21 – First Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville, N. Grove St. & US 64, 4 pm.