As happens each year during the holidays, The Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers with the Coastal Singers will present their annual Christmas concert that is sure to get everyone in the spirit, says Bell Director Jeanne Jackson.
A favorite perennial is “Carol of the Bells”, Jackson said, and a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of “A Midnight Clear” will be performed.
Local musicians will join the bell ringers with Dan Laux playing the hammered dulcimer on “What Child is This?” and Cyndy Solomon the recorder on “Still, Still, Still.”
Singing is always a part of the bell ringers’ concerts and this year features Remi Alexander singing Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Sita Milchev singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. The audience will be invited to join the bells in singing “Winter Wonderland” led by Cinnamon Rippey and Linda Bostwick, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and the traditional closing piece, “Silent Night.”
Under the direction of Sue Bohlin, the Coastal Singers will also be a part of this concert. They will join the bells on “Joy to the World”, with a solo by Pat Wilson, and “The Night Before Christmas.” With Don Kreiger accompanying on piano, they will also perform “Adiemu: Songs of Sanctuary” by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins and featuring solos by Pat Wilson and Christina Chapman; “Good King Kong Looked Out” by P.D.Q. Bach (a little Christmas fun!); “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, by J.S. Bach; and “Sabbath Prayer” from Fiddler on the Roof. Mimi Dallas, Kevin McCoy, Deb Parsons and Linda Bostwick will perform solos on “Sabbath Prayer.”
“We are really sounding good,” says Christina Chapman, choir member and former director. Bohlin, who has been working with the choir for a few months now, is Associate Conductor of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, and her husband, Bob Geary, is Founding Artistic Director. The Piedmont choir competes internationally and the couple lives part-time in Anchor Bay.
A special someone in a red suit will arrive around 2:30 pm to greet concert goers, handing out candy canes to youngsters of all ages.
Concert tickets are $15 in advance, $5 more day of the performance.
Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.