Founded in 2010, Ring Sarasota handbell ensemble presents concerts that appeal to one and all. The auditioned advanced handbell ringers hail from New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota and Englewood and perform a wide variety of music ranging from classical literature by George Bizet and Mussorgsky, a taste of Americana, a tribute to the Armed Forces to other original compositions written specifically for handbells.
Season three included the movement “Jupiter – the Bringer of Jollity” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst which was transcribed for handbells by Ring Sarasota’s director Rick Holdsworth and has been published by From the Top Music.
For our upcoming Season Five, we pledge our allegiance to the land we love with “A Taste of America,” sharing a patchwork of patriotic and popular tunes from composers as diverse as Aaron Copland and The Beach Boys. With the blues beat of Rock Around the Clock, a ragtime rhythm in the tradition of Scott Joplin, jazz standards like Misty, and a TV theme medley, we’ll trace our musical roots in the good ol’ U.S. of A. No American salute would be complete without a Sousa march like The Washington Post. And wait ‘til you hear Bill Payn’s Elegy on five octaves of handbells. To honor those who protect our freedoms here and abroad, the program culminates in what has come to be known as The Navy Hymn, Eternal Father, Strong to Save.
Ring Sarasota utilizes five octaves of Malmark Handbells, five octaves of Malmark Choirchimes and two octaves of Malmark Cymbells.
The group finished its second season with a recording session and their first CD project.
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