Back Bay Ringers to Perform ‘Metamorphosis’ on June 4

BACK BAY RINGERS, BOSTON’S PREMIER HANDBELL ENSEMBLE,
PRESENT “METAMORPHOSIS” CONCERT TO BENEFIT
THE MELROSE HIGHLANDS CHURCH HANDBELL PROGRAM

Sunday, June 4, 3:00 pm
Melrose Highlands Congregational Church
355 Franklin Street, Melrose, MA

The Back Bay Ringers (BBR), Boston’s premier handbell ensemble, announce their spring concert, Metamorphosis. For this concert, all ticket proceeds and additional donations will go to developing a handbell program at Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors and may be purchased online at www.backbayringers.org or at the door.

About the Metamorphosis Concert
Metamorphosis had its origins shortly after the June 2016 shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Griff Gall, BBR’s Artistic Director, attended an Old South Church/Boston Pride program, highlighting the work of the LGBT Asylum Task Force, a group dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBT refugees in the United States. He was deeply moved by their mission and approached them about BBR presenting a fundraising concert on their behalf that was both reflective and inspiring, and is happening at First Church Boston on Friday, June 2 at 7:30 pm.

The Sunday afternoon concert in Melrose is an opportunity for BBR , in this season of giving back, to reinforce its dedication to handbell artistry, and thus partnered with the music director at Melrose Highlands CC for a benefit concert to help them refurbish their set of handbells.

This concert will begin with pieces representing the dark side of human nature before making a transition to lighter, more joyful pieces. Audiences will recognize such pieces as Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and the Shaker tune Lord of the Dance, along with the Dies Irae funeral hymn and Dona Nobis Pacem. A featured piece is Prayer for the Innocents by Michael Helman, written in memory of those whose lives were lost at the Orlando shooting.

Gall recalls, “In any story of ‘giving back’ there is a progression of darkness to light and hope; the music of this concert will take the audience on this progressive journey.”

This concert will begin with pieces representing the dark side of human nature before making a transition to lighter, more joyful pieces. Audiences will recognize such pieces as Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and the Shaker tune Lord of the Dance, along with the Dies Irae funeral hymn and Dona Nobis Pacem. A featured piece is Prayer for the Innocents by Michael Helman, written in memory of those whose lives were lost at the Orlando shooting.

Donna Matson, BBR’s Executive Director, adds: “We all need to be more in tune with the struggling music and arts programs of our area. The afternoon in Melrose gives you a chance to be delighted by the handbell music, and inspired by the concept of advancing a young handbell program.”

About the Handbell Program at Melrose Congregational Church
Melrose Highlands is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, known in town for its music and youth programs. Katherine Foley, in her first year as music director, is working to restart the long-dormant handbell choir. The church owns 2 octaves of Schulmerich Handbells, which have fallen into disrepair over the years and are in desperate need for refurbishment. Ms. Foley comments, “We are so grateful to The Back Bay Ringers for helping us offset the cost of refurbishment, and for getting the congregation excited about handbells!”

Katherine, a graduate of Westminster Choir College, sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as other choirs in the Boston area.

ADDITIONAL BENEFIT CONCERT
Back Bay Ringers will perform an additional concert on Friday, June 2, at 7:30 pm at First Church Boston (66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA) to benefit the non-profit, LGBT Asylum Support Task Force. All ticket proceeds will go directly to the work of this refugee support group. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.backbayringers.org, or at the door.

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