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Annual Bells on Temple Square concert begins 2015 holiday season

The Bells on Temple Square, a hand bell choir that is part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir family, will ring in the 2015 holiday season with their annual concert, “Celebrate with Joy.” They will perform in the Tabernacle on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, at 7:30 p.m.

“The music will be a mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas,” explained LeAnna Willmore, conductor of the 33-member ensemble. “The audience will recognize and delight in every piece.”

Included in the program will be “On This Day the Earth Shall Ring,” “Come, Ye Children of the Lord,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and a piece based on music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Bell arrangements of “Silent Night” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” as well as Christmas folk arrangements from the West Indies, Ukraine, and Puerto Rico, will be featured. The music for the evening will include performances by a harpist, violinist, cellist, and percussionists, as well as organ solos by Linda Margetts and Bonnie Goodliffe.

The Bells on Temple Square was formed in 2005 under the direction of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This year marks their 10th anniversary. Sister Willmore, who has been with the bell choir since its beginning, first as associate conductor and now as conductor, said of the bell choir’s growth in that decade, “They have become a tighter musical ensemble; they play more as a team, more like one person rather than 33 separate performers.”

The Bells on Temple Square frequently accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in concerts and on the weekly Music and the Spoken Word radio and television broadcast.

Children ages eight and older are welcome. Food and beverages are not permitted in performance halls. The length of the performance is approximately 90 minutes. For complimentary tickets, call 801-570-0080 or visit lds.org/events

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