331 Handbells and Chimes Choir to perform

Published 8:54 am Sunday, May 21, 2017

Special to The Leader

Cast of Bronze, an auditioned community handbell ensemble from Dallas, Texas, will be performing on their 15th annual summer concert tour at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 at First United Methodist Church of Orange in their Family Life Center.

This event is sponsored by First United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

This year’s program entitled “Bronze Mosaic” features original handbell compositions by Karen Buckwalter, Cathy Moklebust, Arnold Sherman and many others. Cast of Bronze will also play marches, classical and sacred music, and other familiar tunes.

Come and join us for a fun-filled informal and interactive concert that is free and open to the public. Come see and hear the largest and smallest handbells ever manufactured.

Following the concert members of the audience will be invited to come and ring bells or chimes and ask questions of the ringers and director.

Cast of Bronze performs on 331 handbells and chimes including: seven and a half octaves of American made Schulmerich handbells, six octaves of Malmark Choir Chimes, five octaves of English made Whitechapel handbells, three octaves of Dutch made Petit and Fritsen handbells, three octaves of BoomWhackers and 1.5 octaves of DeskSet bells.

Renowned for their musicianship and technical prowess, Cast of Bronze has delighted   audiences in concerts throughout Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Texas.

They performed in 11 concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, been a featured performing ensemble for the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, Plano Civic Chorus, Dallas Women’s Chorus, American Guild of Organists,   members of the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra and have commissioned advanced music for handbells.

Cast of Bronze has released their first CD titled “Opening Night”.