Friday, June 3, 2011 8:00pm
For nearly 20 years, Kevin McChesney and the Pikes Peak Ringers have continually expanded the boundaries of traditional handbell music, bringing their extensive repertoire, innovative techniques and distinctive visual approach to numerous projects and venues around the country. Recognized worldwide as one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America, the Pikes Peak Ringers will be releasing their sixth studio CD, Classics, in the spring of 2011 that will include “Dona Nobis Pacem,” PPR’s track with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released in December 2009 on iTunes as part of Mr. Ma’s grammy-award-winning CD, “Songs of Joy and Peace.” With an annual performance schedule that includes several local and out-of-state concerts, they have also been featured at national handbell events and on several promotional recordings, in addition to their own studio CDs, instructional DVD, and a live concert DVD of the world’s first-ever classical concerto for handbells and orchestra. Today, as a non-profit organization that includes the elite Forte handbell quartet and two youth choirs, the Pikes Peak Ringers continue to uphold McChesney’s founding vision: to provide an outlet for advanced ringers in the greater Colorado Springs community, to teach others about handbells through workshops and other venues, and to create vivid performances that showcase the instrument of English handbells with the highest-quality presentation and musicianship. For concert schedules, CD purchases and more, visit www.PikesPeakRingers.com.
The Pikes Peak Ringers are:
Kevin McChesney, Director
Susan Hedgpeth, Assistant Director
Laurie Cox, Ingrid Daniel, Kimberly DeLine, Michelle Eads, Amy Heitland, Erik Hjelmstad, Cathy Holiday, Mark Horst, Joan Kuehn, Bonnie Linder, Tracy McChesney, Luke Nabeta, Jan Weiser, Shelley Williams, Sandy Wright
Celtic Praise – Rolf Lovland/arr. Kevin McChesney
Tracy McChesney, bodhran
If Thou But Suffer God To Guide Thee – arr. Kevin McChesney
In Christ Alone – Keith Getty & Stuart Townend/arr. Patricia Cota
Susan Hedgpeth, Director
Capriccio – Kevin McChesney
Symphonia on Hyfrydol – Kevin McChesney
Cathy Holiday and Erik Hjelmstad, belltrees
Change Ring Prelude On Divinum Mysterium – Fred Gramann
Now the Green Blade Riseth – arr. Kevin McChesney
How Beautiful – Twila Paris/arr. Lyndel Littleton
From Everlasting To Everlasting – Julie Turner
Hava Nageela – arr. Douglas Smith
Hymn To Joy – Beethoven/arr. Michael Keller
Tickets: $17, $12
An educational Handbell Workshop will take
place on Saturday, June 4.
Click here for details and Concert & Workshop packages.