RED BANK, NJ —The Tower Hill Concert Series presents An Evening of Handbells, June 9 at 7 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill), 255 Harding Road. Under the direction of Adam Peithmann, the church’s director of music ministries, the handbell ringers will employ two 5-octave sets of bronze bells (a total of 127 bells) and four octaves of choir chimes.
Heading the program are the ten Calvin Ringers, who are students at area high schools. Their eclectic program includes arrangements of beloved hymn tunes and also secular works, such as theme music from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Prisms,” a whimsical composition that keeps the ringers in perpetual motion. The flamboyant “Rhythmic Rip” is an avant-garde work that features a percussive "drumline." The program also includes special appearances by three of the church’s graded handbell choirs.
The concert is presented without charge. An offering will be taken to offset expenses of the ringers’ annual summer tour. The 2013 tour includes performances at Disney World, Orlando, as well as two appearances at Winter Park (FL) Presbyterian Church.
Founded in 1967, the Calvin Ringers have established a national reputation. Past tours have taken them to Europe, Scandinavia and Canada, and they have appeared widely in the United States. Over the years, they have performed at the White House, EpcotCenter at Disney World, Disneyland, the Crystal Cathedral, the Christmas Tree Lighting at RockefellerCenter, and at New York’s South Street Seaport for a national New Year’s Eve telecast.
The church is handicapped-accessible. For additional information on Tower Hill Concert Series events, call 732-747-1348 or see www.towerhillchurch.org