Bells of the Cascades is excited to announce our collaboration in June with Cathedral Bells of Orange, CA. The dates will be Saturday, June 1 at 7pm and Sunday, June 2 at 4pm. The venues are TBD, but will be in the greater Portland, OR area. We are renewing our previous extraordinary collaboration at the 2021 national convention of Handbell Musicians of America in Phoenix, AZ (see our story below, Voyages: In Search of Peace). Alex Guebert and Matthew Compton will take turns conducting both ensembles performing on all repertoire. Save these not-to-be-missed dates, and stay tuned for more details as they develop!
“Once Upon a December” Bells of the Cascades took a trip into the realms of peaceful and powerful themes of Christmas and peace and humanity embracing what’s good in our lives. We were delighted to have the Exultation Ringers join us on several pieces at our Saturday concert, also under the direction of Matthew Compton. We invite you to enjoy the music no matter what time of year you are watching!
For some of you, this is the news you’ve been waiting for. We can now offer ALL the information you need to start planning for our cruise to Alaska in 2025! This will be Cruise XVI in our 35th Anniversary year, with Matthew Compton and Alex Guebert as co-clinicians.
Check out our cruise page for all of the details! Note that booking will begin on January 22, 2024….
Booking is now open. Click Here to Register - RESERVE YOUR CABIN TODAY!!
With our theme based on the enchanting, music-box style waltz that was featured in the animated film “Anastasia,” Bells of the Cascades is pleased to offer a wonderful mix of pieces for your holiday enjoyment! You’ll hear some familiar Christmas songs in surprising arrangements, as well as other types of pieces that will evoke all the uplifting feelings that humanity chooses to embrace at this time of year. From the gentle to the stirring, we hope to entertain and leave you with a warm glow and a full heart. We look forward to having you with us!
This year we’ll perform in two concerts, and we’ll be joined on some of the pieces in Vancouver by the Salmon Creek Exultation Ringers. Follow the links below for details….
Many thanks to the Oregon Arts Commission for their generous funding support this year!
- Allegro Glorioso - Arnold B. Sherman
- Angels We Have Heard on High - Traditional French Carol,
arr. Kyler Brengle
- Savior of the Nations, Come - Gregorian Chant/Veni, Emmanuel,
arr. Sandra Eithun
- Fantasia on Forest Green - Traditional English Melody,
arr. Lloyd Larson
- Reverie - Karen Lakey Buckwalter
- Inspiring Presence - Alex Guebert
- The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came - Basque Melody,
arr. Joel Raney
- Once Upon a December - Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty,
arr. Matthew Compton
- Meditations on the Theme of Peace - Derek Hakes
- A Child is Born - Traditional French Carol/George Fredric Handel,
arr. Matthew Compton