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Merrimack Valley Ringers: Journeys

June 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Hear the Merrimack Valley Ringers in Bedford as they embark upon a musical journey that celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Handbell Musicians of America. The program encompasses a rich legacy of handbell composers past and present who have created repertoire for handbell musicians throughout the country and the world. You will hear a full complement of handbells, chimes and percussion. The music includes old favorites like Bugler’s Holiday and Gabriel’s Oboe as well as more recent compositions, such as Arethusa Falls, a new original composition by Susan Capestro, the church’s Director of Music. For handbells and ocarina, it captures some of the beauty of an actual waterfall in Crawford Notch, NH. This concert is the same program MVR will present for opening night of the Handbell Musicians of America National Conference held in Hartford, CT in July.

MVR’s Artistic Director is Karen E. Leonard. She is a graduate of Boston University and U. Mass Lowell with degrees in church music, organ performance and conducting. She is now in her 55th year as the Minister of Music at West Chelmsford United Methodist Church in North Chelmsford, MA. Karen was awarded Honorary Life Membership in AGEHR, the highest award given for extraordinary service to this handbell organization.

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June 9
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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First Church of Christ Congregational
25 Great Road
Bedford, 01730
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Susan Capestro
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