Sunday, April 29, 4:00pm - Summit Bells will be presenting a varied program of music ranging from classical transcriptions to jazz, sacred hymn arrangements to upbeat gospel, and the sublime to the energetic.
SUMMIT BELLS is a community handbell ensemble from the Akron area. Its purpose is to explore and perform challenging literature, especially transcriptions, to further the relatively new art of handbell ringing, and to foster an appreciation for the musical capabilities of this art. The ensemble is made up of ringers who are recruited and chosen based on experience and audition. The ensemble has performed at many area and civic events, worship services and concerts, including the opening concert for the Area V Fall Festival/Conference in 1999 and again in 2002. The group has appeared on television twice, gone on four summer tours, and released a CD, As the Page Turns. In 1999, they gave the World Premier of Te Deum, a work written for the group by former member, H. Dean Wagner. They ring six octaves of Malmark and Schulmerich bells, and six octaves of chimes. We rehearse every Monday evening year-round at the First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls. The ensemble was founded in 1988. Charles E. Kobb is the founder and conductor.