The Agape Ringers
Bell Choir Concert
Saturday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
The Agape Ringers, Chicago’s premier handbell ensemble, will perform in concert at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, CA, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m..
This exciting, auditioned handbell ensemble from Chicagoland enjoys an on-going collaboration with pianist/composer Joel Raney, and has performed with jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis, the Rockford Symphony, the North Shore Choral Society, the Illinois Brass Band, the Elgin Choral Union, the Elmhurst Symphony, and the West Towns Chorus. The fifteen musicians have a collective ringing experience of over 450 years and perform on 76 bronze Malmark handbells and 73 Malmark Choirchimes®.
Founder and director of The Agape Ringers, David L Weck, is the editor solely responsible for creating and developing the handbell catalog for Hope Publishing Company in Carol Stream, IL. Mr. Weck serves as a guest conductor at handbell events all over the United States and Canada, as well as in Puerto Rico, Japan and Hong Kong.
The Agape Ringers are noted for beautifully orchestrated presentations of entertaining and varied music. Listeners are entranced by the ensemble’s energy, precision and musicality. Since its founding in 1992, The Agape Ringers has made over 315 appearances across North America, Puerto Rico, and England. The ringers have been featured as performers and teachers for events such as the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians Conference for Church Musicians in Green Lake, WI, and local, regional and national gatherings of the Handbell Musicians of America. In 2018, a summer tour will add California as state number 25 to the list of performance locations.
You can learn more about The Agape Ringers on the web at www.AgapeRingers.org, and on Facebook and YouTube by searching for “The Agape Ringers.”
The July program encompasses a wide variety of musical styles, including a transcription of Bach’s Little Fugue, an arrangement of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, hymn settings, and original compositions for handbells.
Open Seating in the church Sanctuary. Free Will Offering will be collected. More information at www.losaltosumc.org or the church office, 562-598-2451