When: Tue., Aug. 11, 7 p.m. 2009
One of the world's top handbell ensembles is performing for one night only in Boise. A handbell ensemble is described as a living piano, with each of 11 ringers responsible for up to nine notes. The audience witnesses musical lines moving as chords move up from the bass or the highest bells join in on the melody. Treble ringers may hold as many as six bells in their hands at one time, while bass ringers use their whole bodies to move 13-pound bronze bells. Strikepoint employs the sounds of other instruments including chimes, penny whistles and African percussion. Concert selections include Bach's Little Fugue, Debussy's Arabesque, Brubeck's Blue Rondo a la Turk and Disney Studios‚ Under the Sea. The group, based at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, Minnesota, has been touring around the nation and the world since 1985. Nationally known handbell clinician and conductor, Bill Alexander leads the directorless ensemble.
Price: FREE, $10 donation suggested