Experience the uniquely beautiful music

of one of America's finest handbell choirs

MACH on the Move

Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Covenant Presbyterian Church
326 S Segoe Road
Madison, WI

Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Christ Presbyterian Church
944 E Gorham Street
Madison, WI

I'm sure we are quite a sight about town on concert weekends: that procession of cars and vans filled to the roof with pads, tables, and cases making our way from one venue to the next, led by some sort of Pied Piper in an unmarked, windowless white panel van. Don't alert the neighborhood watch, though — that's just MACH on the move. We don't travel light and we don't travel fast, but after 17 years we sure have this moving thing down.

To commemorate the way we schlep, and in celebration of our move to a new rehearsal home at Oakwood Village, the Madison Area Concert Handbells and I are excited to present MACH on the MOVE.

The program begins with a nod to classic composers' takes on movement. Marches by Percy Granger and John Phillip Sousa, a hunting song by Felix Mendelssohn, a Renaissance Dance by Praetorius, and Kevin McChesney's fiery setting of Lord of the Dance augment the lush quietude and impressionist colors of a Pavane (slow dance) by Maurice Ravel and a Berceuse (rocking cradle song) by Gabriel Faure.

We continue our salute to movement by looking at two ways we move, by water and by air. Wade in the Water and a freshly minted setting of The Water Is Wide by Wisconsin composer Sandra Eithun will be featured. Escape Velocity is an exciting new piece by Jason Krug. Written as a tribute to the NASA Space Program, you will hear the quiet before a morning launch, followed by the Space Shuttle's majestic lift-off, orbit, and invigorating re-entry to Earth. Karen Lakey Buckwalter's setting of In Bright Mansions Above incorporates Magee's poem "High Flight" (made famous by Ronald Reagan's speech to the nation following the Challenger disaster) and features our own Nancy Evans on piano. We finish the program in the tropics, with Cuban composer Ernesto Leucona's saucy The Breeze and I.

It's a program sure to have you up and moving! We hope to see you in May for MACH on the MOVE.


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 at Cool Beans Coffee Café, Ward-Brodt Music, Metcalfe's Market at Hilldale, and Orange Tree Imports.

Advance tickets may also be ordered:

  • To pay with check or money order, you can order by mail -- please print an order form and mail with payment to MACH. Advance ticket prices apply.
  • Group tickets (10 or more) may be ordered in advance for $10 per person, whether Adult, Student or Senior. These are not available at the door; to order, please print an order form and mail with payment (check or money order) to MACH.

MACH Joint Performance with the Luther Ringers

Saturday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Asbury Church
6101 University Avenue
Madison, WI

MACH will join forces with the Luther Ringers, the handbell choir of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for a joint concert on Saturday, May 3 at 4:00pm at Asbury Church in Madison. The concert is free and open to the public. Each choir will present pieces from their respective spring programs before combining to present two massed-ring pieces together.

The Luther Ringers are an auditioned ensemble of 13 students drawn from all classes and all majors and conducted by Dr. Gregory Peterson, who also serves as College Organist and Chair of the Music Department. The ensemble currently rings five octaves of Schulmerich handbells and six octaves of Malmark handchimes. In addition to chapel and community performances, the Luther Ringers prepare their own concert in the spring semester and take part in the annual "Christmas at Luther" concerts each December.

Past Performances

"This is my favorite concert of the season! It's just full of joy, playfulness and fun!"
--B. O., Madison singer

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