Baylor Handbells to Ring On Dec. 9

Dec. 2, 1997

by Richard Veit

The Baylor University Handbell Choir will present its annual fall concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, in Meadows Recital Hall in the McCrary Music Building. This 12-member ensemble performs under the direction of Debra L. Jackson, music associate/organist at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church.

Opening the program will be the "Fanfare in C" by John A. Behnke, the first movement of Mozart's "Viennese Sonatina No. 1," Karen Lakey Buckwalter's "Jubiloso," and an arrangement for handbell duet of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."

Next, the Handbell Choir will play the four-movement Virginia Highlands Suite of Cynthia Dobrinski, E. O. Excell's "Count Your Blessings," and Hart Morris' arrangements of "Ride the Chariot" and "In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'."

Following intermission, the Baylor Handbell Choir will devote the balance of the program to music of the Christmas season, including John A. Behnke's setting of "Personent Hodie," Karen Lakey Buckwalter's arrangement of German and English carols, and Fred Gramann's arrangement of French and English carols.

The program will close with "Deck the Halls," the "Trepak" dance from Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, and Douglas E. Wagner's arrangement of some popular yuletide hits-Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," Peter DeRose's "A Marshmallow World," Felix Bernard's "Winter Wonderland," and Jule Styne's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

This concert by the Baylor Handbell Choir is free and open to the public. For more information, call 710-3991.

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