First Christian Church is presenting the Pikes Peak Ringers, one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America, directed by Kevin McChesney. They will be joined by
First Christian Church is presenting the Pikes Peak Ringers, one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America, directed by Kevin McChesney. They will be joined by Forté, an amazing handbell quartet whose motto is “Rethink Possible,” to present “Jukebox! A Pops Concert.” Take your mom out to lunch for Mother’s Day, then treat her to this fun-filled program. A free will offering will be taken.
Since 1991, the Pikes Peak Ringers have expanded the boundaries of traditional handbell music, bringing their extensive repertoire, innovative techniques and distinctive visual approach to numerous projects and venues around the country. Recognized worldwide as one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America, the Pikes Peak Ringers released their sixth studio CD, Classics, in the spring of 2011 that includes “Dona Nobis Pacem,” PPR’s track with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released in December 2009 as part of Mr. Ma’s Grammy award-winning CD, “Songs of Joy and Peace.” With an annual performance schedule that includes several local and out-of-state concerts, they have been featured at national handbell events and on promotional recordings, in addition to their own CDs, instructional DVD, and a live concert DVD of the world’s first-ever classical concerto for handbells and orchestra. Today, as a non-profit organization, the Pikes Peak Ringers continue to provide an outlet for advanced ringers in the greater Colorado Springs community, to teach others about handbells through workshops and other venues, and to create vivid performances that showcase the instrument of English handbells with the highest-quality presentation and musicianship. For more information, visit them on Facebook and YouTube.
Based in Colorado Springs, Forté is an advanced quartet marked by artistry, energy, and dedication to their craft. In pursuit of musical excellence, Forté strives to explore, innovate, inspire, and glorify God through the gift of music. Formed in 2007, Forté began as an extended outlet for advanced ringers in Colorado Springs and immediately began to be featured in concerts and tours with the Pikes Peak Ringers. But with an ever-expanding repertoire and the enhanced scheduling flexibility that only a small ensemble can provide, Forté soon emerged as a unique performance and educational quartet, developing an elite reputation within the handbell world. The musicians of Forté – Luke Nabeta, Megan Reishus, Dillon Ekle, and Tory Marting – continually challenge themselves to “Rethink Possible,” expanding their musical and performance horizons, adding original compositions and arrangements to their already-challenging repertoire, and seeking out new performance venues and educational opportunities. In the past few years, Forté has had an increasingly active schedule of concerts and recording CDs and music videos, were featured performers at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in 2016, presented a successful tour from Colorado to New York and back, another to Minnesota and back, and are planning several more tours and recording projects. The group celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.
(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm