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Twin Cities Bronze Performs in First Concert of Its Kind

Twin Cities Bronze members had a full and busy day April 4. The ensemble joined up with Strikepoint from Duluth, River Bend Bells from Mankato and Bells of the Lakes from Minneapolis in a joint concert held at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.

According to organizers, this four choir concert was a first in AGEHR history.

The choirs performed en masse "Sharon's Song" by Donald Allured, "It is Well with My Soul" by Phillip P. Bliss and arranged by Cathy Moklebust and "Evening Meditation" by Michael Helman under the direction of TCBronze's Monica McGowan, Strikepoint's Bill Alexander and River Bend Bells' Wendy Greiner respectively.

Each choir also performed three or four solo pieces. TCBronze showcased "Danza Festivo" by Arnold Sherman, "Bells in My Heart" by Kazuko Okamoto, "Aria for Handbells" by Dale Wood featuring the Petit and Fritzen Dutch handbells and "Exultate" by Josh Bauder.

The concert ended with the mass choirs ringing "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel and arranged by William H. Mathis, who directed. "Bolero" is written in four separate parts, that, when combined together, build during the piece to mimic the full orchestral sound Ravel originally composed. This was the first time Mathis' "Bolero" arrangement was performed with four handbell choirs as it had been written.