Have you ever wondered how it feels to ring a handbell? Or have you longed to sing in harmony with others?
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, will open its doors to musically curious members of the community March 22-24 for a no-cost event featuring handbell ringing and choral singing.
Barbara Meixner, director of the jUUliebells, and Laura Sandage, director of the UU Sparks Choir, will team up to lead the weekend’s activities, which will culminate in the performance of three pieces for chorus accompanied by handbell choir at the March 24 Sunday services. Featured pieces include the classic “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a medley of two river songs arranged by Meixner and a new original song by Sandage, with handbell arrangement by Meixner.
Friday night’s gathering will begin at 7 p.m. with brief performances by the jUUliebells and the Sparks Choir. Then, participants will be invited to rotate through several choices of activities, including handbell ringing, chime ringing, round singing and part singing.
On Saturday, Sandage and Meixner will conduct an all-day rehearsal to prepare for Sunday’s performance, with doors opening at 9:30 a.m. Rehearsal begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch; drinks will be provided.
To register for this free event or for further information, contact Sandage at [email protected] or 530-848-4812.