Wesley Bell Ringers will perform in Vermillion

Wesley Bell Ringers will perform in Vermillion The Wesley Bell Ringers from Christ United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, UT, will perform at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church is located at 16 N. Dakota St. in Vermillion.

The concert is part of the choir's 39th annual summer tour. During this year's tour the choir will present 12 concerts � performing a wide variety of music, both sacred and secular � in eight states over the course of their two week tour.

The program includes Rossini's Overture from the Barber of Seville arranged by Martha Lynn Thompson, Fred Gramann's Fantasy on King's Weston and Kathy Moklebust's African Alleluias and Cantabile and Scherzando. Other selections include arrangements and compositions by Hart Morris, Edwin J. Duncan and Karen Lakey Buckwaiter. The program also features a vocal duet with bell accompaniment and a bell duet with guitar accompaniment.

The Wesley Bell Ringers were founded in 1963 with nine ringers and 25 handbells. Since that time over 360 teenagers have played in the choir. The 24 current ringers use one six octave set and an additional four octave set of precision tuned English Handbells. An extra half octave of notes is added by the Boom-A-Gong, a bass instrument unique to the choir and unique in its sound and percussive effect. A two octave carillon, a set of silver melody bells, a two octave set of cup bells and two four octave sets of handchimes are also used by the choir during its performances.

Over the years the members of the choir have raised most of the money to purchase and maintain equipment, and to pay for their concert tours. Sandwich sales and rummage sales have become synonymous with the name Wesley Bell Ringers. The choir does not charge for its concert, but a free will offering will be taken to help with tour expenses.

The choir has been featured in newspapers and magazines, has played on radio and television, and has produced 20 recordings. They have been honored as demonstration choir at numerous handbell festivals.

During the choirs' 38 years of touring they have performed in all 50 states and nine Canadian Provinces. They have rung in such diverse places as Mount Rushmore, Walt Disney World, the U.S. Capitol and The Cathedral of the Pines National Shrine. They have performed with the Utah Symphony and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In February of 2002 the choir performed at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

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