A Burst Of Light - Winter 2022 concert

Burst of Light Poster

Bells of the Cascades presents a thrilling holiday concert of diverse repertoire that you won’t want to miss — A Burst of Light! We are loving the music we are preparing this year, and we hope you’ll come and enjoy hearing us play! Traditional tunes and fun surprises, all designed to help you feel en-LIGHT-ened. Mark your calendars now!

We’ll be performing twice:

Saturday, December 17, 7:00 pm
Forest Grove United Methodist Church
1726 Cedar St
Forest Grove, OR
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Sunday, December 18, 7:00 pm
Salmon Creek United Methodist Church
12217 NE Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA
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Admission is $15 adults, $5 students, children under 6 free, and as always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, card, or check.

We hope to see you there!

Can’t make it in person? Handbell concerts are always more wonderful in person, but we plan on creating a video recording of the Sunday evening concert. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to be notified when we make it available.

Concert Program

  • Outburst - Karen Lakey Buckwalter
  • Lumière - Fred Gramann
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem - Lewis H. Redner, arr. Cathy Moklebust
  • Volte on The Holly and the Ivy - Michael Praetorius, arr. Matthew Compton
  • O Magnum Mysterium - Cathy Moklebust
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? - Noel Regency and Gloria Shayne, arr. Sandra Eithun
  • Riu, Riu, Chu - attr. Mateo Fletch the Elder, arr. Alex Guebert,
    Matthew Compton & Martha Wilson, percussion
  • Los Peces en el Rio - Traditional Spanish Carol, setting by Brian Seemann
  • Sing We Now of Christmas - arr. Matthew Compton
  • Symphonia on Hyfrydol - arr. Kevin McChesney
  • Lux Aeterna - Matthew Compton & William A. Payn
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - arr. Kevin McChesney

Bells of the Cascades is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which means your donations are tax-deductible!

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Help us swing a bass bell

Donate to help us expand our bass

Our last concert season wouldn’t have been the same without our low bass bells.

Now let me hasten to add that we appreciate all notes, played by all ringers — I’m not trying to start a fight between sections!

One of our strengths as an ensemble is our six and a half octaves of bells, going down to the G2. (With chimes going down to C2.)

Complicating matters, composers insist on writing music in different keys, so while “G” is the lowest note we have, it’s not always the lowest note in a chord. What would Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, or Dvořák’s American Quartet be without a low F? Not much, that’s what.

Donate to help us expand our bass bells

This past concert season we had a number of pieces requiring that F2, like My Neighbor Totoro and Don’t Stop Me Now. If you haven’t already seen it, watch our concert on Facebook! (You can watch the video without a Facebook account.)

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