The New England Ringers, an acclaimed handbell ensemble, presents an energetic winter program to delight family and friends. Take a journey through rich and complex music, from the serious to the sublime, featuring quirky to quintessential bells.
The 2013 winter program will delight audiences with a selection of pieces that showcase the wide range of music this unique instrument produces. Each ringer uses bells, chimes, mallets, and methods that combine to form a symphony of music in which mysterious and ethereal sections give way to majestic chords and lively portrayals of familiar carols and tunes. The program includes traditional favorites such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," a shimmering version of "Silent Night," and, fittingly, "The Joy of Christmas."
These exhilarating pieces inspire a greater appreciation for the handbell among audiences and inevitably elicit the listener comment, "I didn't know bells could sound like that!"
Venezuelan multi-percussionist, composer, and arranger Francisco Vielma showcases his Latin jazz compositions. Vielma brings to the stage a mixture of traditions from his country: concert music, world music, and jazz improvisation. The repertoire will include original works and a tribute to the most important singer-songwriters of Venezuela, such as Simon Diaz, Leonardo Oporto, and Henry Martinez. The band consists of outstanding players who have enriched Vielma's musicianship throughout his Berklee journey.
Singer, oud player, and composer Ahmad El Haggar presents a night of contemporary Middle Eastern music. The show will feature musicians from various parts of the Middle East and the U.S. performing arrangements of classic Arabic songs as well as some originals.