Baylor University’s handbells choir, The Baylor Bronze, will perform their annual spring concert on Thursday, May 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. The ensemble’s twelve members perform under the direction of Bob Avant.
Opening the program will be “Celebration and Grace” by award-winning composer and pianist Michael Mazzatenta, who currently serves as Adjunct Music Instructor at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.
Then the ringers will play “Synergy” by Kevin McChesney, a prolific handbells composer who graduate from the University of Colorado and now lives in Colorado Springs.
Two African-American spirituals will be performed on the concert: Benjamin Tucker’s setting of “Elijah Rock” and (with handbell quartet) “This Little Light of Mine,” as arranged by Valerie Stephenson.
Bob Avant will conduct his own handbells arrangement of “Prayer for Organ in F major,” Op. 16, No. 2, by French composer Alexandre Guilmant. The piece dates from 1888.
The familiar “Singin’ in the Rain” will come next. This song was written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown as long ago as 1927, and it inspired the hit Gene Kelly movie musical of that same name in 1952. This Baylor Bronze will play it in Brian Tervo’s arrangement.
Also to be heard are Sondra Tucker’s “Celtic Dance on ‘Pleading Savior’,” Dale Wood’s “Aria for Handbells” (based on the tune “Via Delorosa”), “Canticle” by Matthew Compton, and Jason Krug’s setting of “How Sweet the Sound,” featuring alto saxophonist Corbin Myers.
The program will close with Nick Hanson’s arrangement of “Chasing Cars,” a worldwide hit song from 2006 by the popular rock band Snow Patrol from Northern Ireland.
This Baylor Bronze concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.