MANITOWOC, WIS. — The sound of handbells will resonate throughout the Bob & Pat Endries Performance Hall at Silver Lake College at 4 p.m. on Oct. 9 as the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble takes the stage.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (ages 65 and older), $5 for students (ages 5-18) and free for children (4 and younger). For ticket information, please visit the box office at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at Silver Lake College, at 2406 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc, call 920-686-6274 or visit sl.edu/tickets.
The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble, now in its 14th year, is an auditioned community choir composed of 16 ringers who play 73 handbells (6 octaves) and 73 handchimes (5 octaves).
The ensemble defines its mission as furthering “the art of handbell ringing by educating, inspiring and informing others on the art form.” The group showcases advanced handbell repertoire while being a musical resource for the Milwaukee metropolitan area and beyond.
The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble is heard each year by more than 20,000 handbell directors and ringers on the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers new handbell music promotional CDs.
In June, MHE presented the featured concert at the Area 7 Handbell Musicians of America Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. MHE has recorded two CDs: “An American Sampler” and the new “An MHE Christmas Celebration.”
The group has played guest performances with Present Music, the Midwest Vocal Express, and Bel Canto Chorus. It performed with Jeff Tyzik (2015), Stuart Chafetz (2013), and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with Doc Severinsen (2012).
The ensemble has traveled to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the International Handbell Symposium (2008), played at The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers conference in Milwaukee (2006), and performed in Chicago for the National Pastoral Musicians Conference (2004).
In May of 2013, the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information, visit the MHE website, milwaukeehandbells.org, or visit its Facebook page.