Lafayette Church will host a concert of The Handbell Choir of Wiedensahl, Germany on Tuesday, March 19 at 7pm.
The Handbell Choir of Wiedensahl is one of the biggest and most active of the only 25 bellchoirs in Germany. The ringers perform on 66 handbells and 61 handchimes, both made by Schulmerich Bells of Pennsylvania.
The home of the choir is a small village in North Germany near Hanover.
Since 1987 the ringers have performed on numerous German handbell festivals and concerts that took them to all parts of the country. The choir has toured the USA (2003) and South Africa (2006). In its 25th year of existence, the Handbell Choir Wiedensahl was honored with the first prize of the ‘German Orchestra Competition’ which is the most acclaimed competition for amateur ensembles in the country.
The music itself will include pieces like Pachelbel´s ‘Canon in D’, Bach´s ‘Jesu, Joy of Man´s Desiring’ or the famous ‘Farandole’ from Georges Bizet. There will be some German folk music and some ‘light’ music like Leroy Anderson’s ‘Plink, Plank, Plunk’, songs from Disney movies and music from George Gershwin.
A special feature of the program will be original compositions for handbells, like Douglas E. Wagner’s ‘Rondon Jubilate’, together with organ.
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222 | 716-886-6635
This event is free of charge, open to the public, donations accepted.