In our household, the mad rush is on. Decorations have been front & center in the stores since before Halloween, and talk over which stores are open and which are closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday has been raked over well enough by now. We are in the middle of that push to the end, and December 25 is the final destination.
The handbell program this holiday season examines that "in-between" time, the time of waiting, expectation, and preparation. Handbells and flute will combine to examine favorite advent tunes, like "People, Look East" and "Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming." Advent tunes will give way to favorite Christmas arrangements, including selections for handbells and piano on "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice" and Wisconsin composer Sandra Eithun's "Love Came Down at Christmas."
The second half of the program will send us around the world with sounds from far away places. We'll celebrate with each culture in the Celtic "Lore of the Loom" and African "Sherekea Usafari." New melodies from Taiwan in Kevin Ko's "Song of the Flowers" and carols from the West Indies and Canada will round out the program.
We hope you'll join us in December as we go International!
Advance: Adult is $12; Student (16 & under) / Senior is $9
At the door: Adult is $15; Student (16 & under) / Senior is $12
Advance tickets will be available in late November at Cool Beans Coffee Café, Ward-Brodt Music, Metcalfe's Market at Hilldale, and Orange Tree Imports.
Advance tickets may also be ordered:
"This is my favorite concert of the season! It's just full of joy, playfulness and fun!"
--B. O., Madison singer