The William Jewell College music department will present a free concert by the Advanced Handbell Choir at the Farris Theatre in Richmond on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. The choir performance, under the direction of Christie White, is open to the public at no charge. Donations will be accepted for the Friends of the Farris to assist in their support of the historic theater.
The choir performs on 5-plus octaves of Malmark handbells and handchimes. The program includes sacred, secular, transcriptions and original works for handbells.
Included in the program is the premier of a new work written for the choir, "Descarga," by Dr. Allen Myers, Professor of Jazz Theory at William Jewell. "We are excited to be working with this new medium," White said. "Jazz compositions are rare for handbell choirs." Dr. Myers explains, "Descarga is defined as unloading, though it is used to describe a jam session or an improvised tune. Jam sessions are the gathering of musicians together to perform together in what is usually in an informal setting. Descarga is my interpretation of handbell musicians gathering together to jam in a Latin style."
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