Baylor University’s handbells choir, The Baylor Bronze, will present their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. The fifteen ringers in this talented ensemble perform under the direction of Bob Avant. The Baylor Bronze is an ensemble of Baylor University students with advanced ringing experience, a team of musicians dedicated to furthering excellence in the art of handbell ringing through a variety of musical styles.
Opening their program will be an arrangement by Cathy Moklebust of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Karen Lakey Buckwalter’s setting of “The Bells of Christmas,” and the Arnold Sherman arrangement of Joel Raney’s setting of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”
Also to be heard are an arrangement by Hart Morris of “Las Campanas de la Navidad,” Sandra Eithun’s setting of “Coventry Carol,” Douglas Wagner’s “Festive Peal on ‘Adeste Fideles’,” and an arrangement by Cynthia Dobrinski of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”
From the Disney motion picture Frozen comes the next piece, an arrangement by Sondra K. Tucker of the Oscar-winning song, “Let It Go,” composed for orchestra by Robert López, with lyrics written by his wife, Kristen Anderson-López.
Closing the program will be two beloved Christmas standards, one sacred and one secular. The Baylor Bronze will play a setting by Joel Raney of Adolphe Adam’s “O Holy Night” and then the Martha Lynn Thompson arrangement of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.