Let spring ring! The ninth season of Artist Series presentations will come to a rousing finish Sunday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m. with a concert by the highly acclaimed Chicago Bronze English Handbell Ensemble. The program for the afternoon will include music by Gershwin and Joplin, as well as familiar tunes such as “Rock Around the Clock” and Yanni’s “Nostalgia.”
“Chicago Bronze is a total joy,” says Paul Caldwell, Artistic Director, Youth Choral Theater of Chicago. “Their astounding artistry is eclipsed only by their inspiring work ethic.” The community-based English handbell ensemble draws its membership, by audition, from the greater Chicago area. Established in May of 1999 by a group of directors and advanced ringers who were seeking a challenging ringing experience, Chicago Bronze rings on seven octaves of Malmark and Schulmerich handbells and five octaves of Malmark handchimes. Ensemble members average more than 10 years of ringing experience, as well as additional musical experience with a wide variety of instruments. Chicago Bronze’s mission is to promote the highest artistic quality, and to stimulate greater understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of handbell music by all segments of society.
Chicago Bronze is conducted by musical director Andrea Handley, who lives in Evanston and has been directing handbells since 1983. She holds an undergraduate degree in piano from the Indiana University School of Music and a graduate degree in organ from the American Conservatory of Music. She has served as Director of Music and Worship at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, and currently is Organist and Director of Handbells at Trinity United Methodist Church in Wilmette. She is a published handbell composer and has written several articles for Overtones magazine.
An informal reception with light refreshments will follow the concert. The public is cordially invited to attend the Chicago Bronze event and the reception. No tickets will be sold for the program; a free-will offering will be received.
St. John’s Lutheran Church is located on the southeast corner of Lincoln and Maple Streets in Lombard. Information about St. John’s Artist Series is available by calling the church office, 630-629-2515.