Christmas Portraits - Holiday Concerts 2014
What does Christmas look like?
That may sound like an odd question, but most of us can picture answers almost before we start thinking about it. What do you picture? Is it snow? Grandma’s house? Parties? A candlelight service? Santa and his reindeer?
This winter, let Concert Bells share all those images with you and bring them to a different kind of life. We’ll be painting portraits of all the season’s moments through pictures, stories, and especially music. So join us for a Christmas concert of a different color, where the familiar sights unfold into soundscapes you can enter into and dwell in.
Boost the BASS! Campaign
What is “Boost the Bass”?
We’ve had so many comments from you about how you love the extra “oomph” those low-chime sounds add to our music. So we thought, you know what’s better than really big chimes? EVEN BIGGER ONES.
That’s right, we’re looking to boost our bass sound by purchasing C2 to F#2 and turning that half-octave you love into a full octave we know you’ll love at least twice as much.
Thanks to all who donated during the North Texas Giving Day! With 53 donors we collected $3565 towards the purchase of the bass chimes--50% of what we needed in one day! We can't wait to place our order. We are still accepting donations to help us reach our final goal. Contact Karen Thompason for more info.
We have a bouncing new “baby” bell!
Thanks to an anonymous “Music Maker”, we are the proud new owners of an aluminum B2 bell. Our new bell is not exactly small in size but she is the newest kid on the block! Check her out at one of our spring concerts or see some photos on our Facebook page. Perhap you would like to become a Music Maker too! Ask us how!
Auditions for Concert Bells of Fort Worth 2014-2015 season were held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Please welcome our new member, Ashley Blaha! Ashley is a UT Dallas student who comes to us fresh from the Houston Chamber Ringers. We also have bid a fond farewell to Jean Harden, a charter member, as she has decided to retire as a ringer.
Are you or do you know of anyone interested in hosting one of our spring concerts? We still have some open dates. Please contact Karen Thompson for more information. 817-239-6974
Signup for the 2014-2015 Kroger Community Rewards® Program
Do you shop at Kroger? Link your Kroger Reward card to Concert Bells of Fort Worth and CBFW will receive additional funding through Kroger’ Community Reward Program. CBFW Kroger Number is 81021. More information is available HERE.
Our latest CD “Radiance” is available for sale!
It has been quite a few years since we produced our last CD “Christmas Favorites” and now the long wait for our next CD is now over.
We have really enjoyed putting this new collection of spiritually invigorating pieces together. Some are original handbell compositions and others are inspired arrangements of old favorites. Visit the our store page to see a complete track listing.
Please visit our CBFW Online Store to purchase your copy today!
Cost $15 + tax/shipping
We Need YOU!
Thank you to all who have supported us over the years.
Your contributions have been an important part of our success.
Of course, we are always looking for new friends and supporters.
Consider becoming a Friend of the Concert Bells of Fort Worth.
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See What People are Saying…
Thank you to everyone who has had wonderfull things to say about Concert Bells.
I heard and INCREDIBLE concert last night by the Concert Bells of Fort Worth. Their technical mastery was astounding and their musicianship was first rate. They didn’t just play the music. They WERE the music. Congratulations to music director Stephanie Rhoades and the entire group!”
Handbell Composer and Clinician
The Concert Bells of Fort Worth “wowed” us all with an exciting concert during the Area IX Festival. Their performance was clean, sparkling and oh, so musical! Kudos to every ringer AND the director!!”
Anna Laura Page
Handbell Composer and Clinician
Concert Bells of Fort Worth, under the direction of Stephanie Rhoades, gave a concert that was nothing short of brilliant. With their concert titled “Young at Heart,” they wowed the audience with their musical precision and mastery. The selections they shared were a perfect combination of toe-tapping, young-at-heart music with occasional unexpected antics blended with pieces displaying the depth of soul the entire group has for music and handbells.”
Area IX 2010 Festival
Concert Bells ring with an enthusiasm and sparkle that engages the listener. Precision in the execution of simultaneously rung notes and accurate ringing clear the way for their beautiful musical expression to thrill the listener. The ensemble’s dynamic palate extends from the softest of pianissimos to the loudest fortissimos. Concert Bells are a “must hear!” I am very proud that I am a part of the history of this outstanding ringing ensemble!”
Beth Judd, 2010
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