“The month of December hosts more holidays than any other. From Hanukkah to Advent to Epiphany, we ring our way through all the fests and feasts adding cheer to your celebrations. Sacred and secular unite as we carol our way into your holiday helping you escape the hustle and bustle.”
Summer is not vacation for Virginia Bronze! We’re learning music, rehearsing, and preparing for the upcoming concert season. Our schedule is now posted in the Calendar.
Did you miss our performance with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in January? The Alexandria Gazette Packet wrote an article about the concert which included the world premiere of River Poem, by Maestro Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Vassar Kluge. The piece was commissioned by Virginia Bronze and honors the spirit and culture of the city of Alexandria. The concert also featured a solo piece by Virginia Bronze and performances by ASO concertmaster Claudia Chudacoff, the Alexandria Choral Society, and Heritage Signature Chorale.
Even a hurricane won’t stop us from getting ready for our next two concerts! Rehearsing after Sandy without power (and with lots of flashlights).
“I’ve Got Rhythm… I’ve Got Music,” a concert at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, featuring percussionist Doug Wallace. Photos by Wayne Stocks
Virginia Bronze was featured on the cover of the Jan/Feb issue of Overtones, the magazine of the Handbell Musicians of America. Our November joint concert with the Westminster Ringers of Maryland was the subject of the cover story.
Thank you to all who attended our final concert of the 2010/2011 season, “An American Journey,” on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the
George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA.
Review by Rev. C. Milton Rodgers, III, Minister of Music and Organist Grace United Methodist Church: Drums, cymbals, interesting historical narration, clarinet, and, by the way, handbells, were all a part of the exciting “An American Journey” concert held by the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Auditorium on Sunday June 5. This was an American Music History tour told excitingly on the handbells.
Each piece had been thoroughly researched and many were even transcribed by the director of the group, Carol Feather Martin. The Virginia Bronze played each piece masterfully. It was a treat for the listeners to hear Scott Joplin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and John Philip Sousa all played on the same medium, handbells, and yet played with so many texture differences. In some pieces, drums were played. In one piece a clarinet was played. The surprise of the whole concert was the addition of the piccolo to John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” The audience left the concert better informed about American musical history. They also had the thrill of hearing these classics of American Music History played by a masterful handbell choir.