Bells Will Be Ringing in Hamilton Saturday
The 37th Annual Big Sky Handbell Festival has an ambitious schedule this weekend in Hamilton. Mary Wood of Hamilton's First Presbyterian Church handbell choir, in a news release, said the festival will have two public performances Saturday, April 28, at the Hamilton High School gymnasium. An afternoon mini-concert will happen at 3 p.m. and the Final Concert will be at 7 p.m. There are nine featured musical selections for the groups to perform during the weekend
A main feature of the festival is training by Jason Wells, the founder of Ring of Fire in Oregon, a group that has performed at two Presidential Inaugurations and on radio and television, including soloing with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall. Each of their performances are memorized. Wells will have a Directors Seminar at the Presbyterian Church Friday afternoon and will be at the podium for the festival performances.
Rehearsals are scheduled throughout Saturday, along with workshops for the handbell musicians. The event is endorsed by the Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to united people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.