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Leave it to Hand Bells to Ring in Mother’s Day

Published on Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 11:44 am

Treat your mother to the serene sounds of the Crown City Ringers handbell choir this Sunday in celebration of Mother’s Day where beauty awaits in song and free bouquets of flowers.

“A Walk in the Garden” A Spring Handbell Concert is hosted by the Pasadena Presbyterian Church and performed by the talented Crown City Rollers, comprised of professional musicians and handbell hobbyists.

“The inspiration stems from the idea of what you would see if you were to walk in a garden. Everything is connected through the idea of Spring,” said Artistic Director of Crown City Ringers, F. Thomas Simpson, who also directs the Van Etten handbell choir at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

With 10 people total in the bell choir amassing the duties of 80 bells arranged in seven octaves, the Crown City Ringers truly have a show to be seen. The level of showmanship is a must-see all in its own.

“We play on seven octaves of bells which is the largest in existence,” said Simpson.

It’s not everyday that your ears are graced with the soft sounds of harmonized bells inspired by the beauty of Spring. According to Bob Thomas, Director of Admission at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, this performance is a special show for families.

“Handbell groups are a fascinating way to listen to music. It’s unique and there is just something that is pleasant and pleasing about watching people ring the bells,” explained Thomas.

The Ringers will perform 12 selections including a soloist singing the classic tune “Over The Rainbow” accompanied by chimes and cymbells to deliver the signature Crown City Ringers sound.

A complimentary bouquet of flowers will be handed out at the church as a token of appreciation for all of the shining moms out there this Mother’s Day.

“A Walk in the Garden” A Spring Handbell Concert is May 8 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church located at 585 E Colorado Blvd at 4:00 p.m.

The event is free with a suggested donation of $12.

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