New England Ringers perform winter handbell concert Sunday in Milford

New England Ringers will present its Winter 2013 Program, “Joy in Bronze.”

The handbell concert will be held at The United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond Street, Milford at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 8.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $15 for Seniors 65 and over.

Join New England's premier community handbell ensemble in its 12th year. Under the direction of Edward G. Henderson, Jr., 14 highly energetic performers will showcase their talents in a uniquely varied program, playing with sensitivity, discipline and skill to achieve their signature artistry on a handbell instrument comprised of six and one half octaves of Schulmerich handbells and seven octaves of Malmark handchimes and other instruments.

The 2013 winter program will delight audiences with a selection of pieces which showcase the wide range of music this unique instrument produces. Each ringer uses bells, chimes, mallets and methods which combine to form a symphony of music, where mysterious and ethereal sections give way to  majestic chords and lively portrayals of familiar carols and tunes.

The program will open with the pulsing tempo and insistent rhythmic figures of the traditional Bohemian carol “Come, All Ye Shepherds”.  Excitement and anticipation build to the enchanting “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”.

The haunting melody and unusual chords build to a fiery and joyful climax, followed by the gentle and ethereal finale.

Many familiar Christmas pieces are included in this prelude to the holidays. An energetic and sparkling “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” a shimmering “Silent Night” and a joyful “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” add to the variety of program offerings.

The Joy in Bronze concert closes with a joyous and rousing arrangement titled “The Joy of Christmas.”

The New England Ringers have been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout New England, New York and Pennsylvania.