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SALT LAKE CITY — The Bells on Temple Square will present “Dancing with Bells,” its annual spring concert, on Friday, June 10, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Leading the concert will be LeAnna Willmore, conductor of Bells on Temple Square. Larry Smith, associate conductor, will also lead the ensemble for several numbers.
The delightful ensemble is a fan favorite with concertgoers because the musicians’ artful performances looks like they are dancing with their bells. The bells will be dancing to diverse styles of music at this year’s concert, providing something for everyone. The repertoire spans from hymns (“Be Thou My Vision” and “Come, Thou Mighty King”) to a Welsh lullaby (on the theme of “Suo Gan”) to music with a foreign air (“Valse les Adieux,” “Danza Festivo,” and “Brazil”) to songs from the movies Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean.
As is tradition, the bell choir numbers will be interspersed with organ solos by Temple Square organists Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, as well as pieces by members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.
In March 2005, an anonymous donation to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir made possible the initial purchase of handbells and permitted the creation of a 32-member ensemble. The set of handbells that serves the Bells on Temple Square now includes a 7-octave set of English handbells, a 6½-octave set of handbells, and two 6-octave sets of hand chimes.
Like past performances, tickets for this spring Bells on Temple Square concert will go quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Free tickets are available beginning Tuesday, May 10, at 10:00
a.m. with a limit of four per person. Tickets can be obtained at www.lds.org/events, by phone at 801-570-0080, or from the Conference Center ticket office.