The MOSAIC Handbell Ensemble (played at FirstNight Harrisonburg 2018) is graciously providing a concert to benefit the Sadie Rose Foundation, Sunday, April 8, 7 pm at Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren. A free-will offering will be taken during the concert. All proceeds benefit the Sadie Rose Foundation. Light refreshments following the concert.
Please invite and bring your family and friends to enjoy this fun concert and to help continue the mission of the Sadie Rose Foundation to provide non-clinical peer support for those grieving the death of a child.
Read about the MOSAIC Handbell Ensemble and their music selections below!.
If you've seen bells rung before, you might notice we do it differently:
1. Fewer People play More Bells!!
We cover a wide range of bells in many ways: upper bells use “Four-in-Hand” (4iH) ringing 2 bells (or a bell and a chime) in each hand; bass bells weave bells (picking up and ringing many different bells off the table), use mallets and share positions when needed.
2. MOSAIC ringers change ringing positions.
This practice fosters better listening skills and more fellowship among the ringers. It also allows every ringer to gain experience with 4iH high trebles or playing bass bells – and gives both skills a rest once in a while.
3. What? No Director?
Not exactly true. MOSAIC does have a director who selects repertoire and runs the rehearsals. Some pieces require “all hands on deck” and others run very nicely on their own. Being “director-less” encourages ringers to know their own parts and even others' parts better - and to listen and respond to each other more intentionally. All for the good.
4. What? No Gloves??
Gloves have become a traditionally mandatory part of ringing handbells. They help protect the hands from the bells, help keep them dry and offer a uniform look for the group. But they do not keep the bells clean – and some ringers find they get in their way, so we are a “Gloves Optional” group.
MOSAIC Handbell Ensemble (est. 2010) presents a wide range of well-crafted music in a flexible informal ensemble setting. The group ranges from 4 to 11 ringers and selects repertoire according to the current numbers each season. MOSAIC performed most recently for FirstNight Harrisonburg 2018 - as well as with the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, for Grand Caverns’ Christmas Candlelight tours and at the Fluvanna maximum-security women's prison (playing a joint concert with their in-house bell choir), along with presenting many concerts in the area. We play on 3 octaves of English handbells and 5 octaves of handchimes. MOSAIC thanks Redeemer Classical School in Keezletown for the use of rehearsal space. We also thank our donors and supporters for help in buying equipment and new music scores. MOSAIC sponsors a Read & Ring in late August in the Harrisonburg, Va. area.
1. Exuberant Praise (Cynthia Dobrinski)
This snappy little piece employs about every bell we own – and requires all hands on deck.
2. I’m Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger (arr. Tammy Waldrop)
Picture a Bluegrass sing-along on a front porch and this piece will come to mind: with the thump of the bass, the melody on fiddle and the high chops on mandolin.
3. Indian Summer (Duane Plash)
Impressionism come to life: let the chimes wash over you in this lovely chromatic piece.
4. Dorian Dance (Michael Joy)
Mixed Meter is all the rage in handbells these days and with this rousing piece, you’ll see why! The Dorian mode (a scale starting on “D” on the piano, using all white notes) has a mostly minor feel – somewhat exotic and unsettling.
5. Bwana Asifiwe (Praise to the Lord) (Cathy Moklebust)
This piece will take you to the Serengeti Plain with giraffes and zebras abounding. Surprisingly, it is not a traditional tune but an original composition “in the manner of…..”
6. Fantasy on Kingsfold (arr. Dean Wagner)
A beloved traditional English tune - gently embellished and embroidered on bells.
7. Horsing Around (Kathleen Wissinger)
This congenial ragtime piece was commissioned for a school group near Scott Joplin’s home town. An unusual idiom for handbells – making it all the more fun in the challenge!
8. The Best of John Williams (arr. Doug Wagner)
“Star Wars” themes will take you back to the source of the sensational series. May the mallets be with you!!
9. Pirates of the Caribbean (arr. Kevin McChesney)
Yo Ho, Maties……Here be the best music around!! True to the scoring of the closing credits of the movie – Come aboard and swab the deck!
Spring 2018 Ringers:
Joanne Bock, Aimee Buchanan, Kassandra Galloway, Riikka Halme-Berneking,
Peggy Kuehl, Sandy Welfare, Rhonda Welfare, Kathleen Wissinger (director), Maryann Wolfe
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please contact Kathleen Wissinger at Longwalk3@aol.com