Well, we’ve been quite remiss in updating this blog, and we apologize for the gap between our last post and this one…(who ARE those crazy people in that last blog entry?!) BUT we’re still here, we’re still busy as ever, and we’re having an absolutely PHENOMENAL season so far!
“Wonders of Wintertime” has already played to eight different audiences in a plethora of venues, including our annual treks to Rutland, Marlborough, and East Hartford…as well as new venues such as Hunt Home in Nashua, and the Parker Library in Dracut. The first leg of this tour capped off with our performance at the Worcester Art Museum last Sunday, where we played to a standing room-only crowd of 300 in the museum’s amazing Renaissance Court. Here is a (somewhat sloppy) panorama shot…it’s not high-quality, but it gives you an idea of the space.
Cool, right???? 🙂 It’s the only venue where the audience truly surrounds us. There are a couple of nice pics posted to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette website.
We are MOST excited that this tour features a brand new musical acquisition… MVR has purchased the lower octave of bass chimes, all the way down to a C2 (which is the equivalent of the C that’s three octaves down from middle C on a piano.) They’re so huge, they cannot be picked up and rung like smaller chimes…they have their own special rack, and special mallets with which to sound them. Alone, they sound a bit like the foot pedals on an organ…and when played in a chord, the only way to describe them is MIGHTY. You can tell when they’re about to be played, because even us bell-seasoned MVR ringers STILL grin like little kids when they come in. 🙂
We take a short break for the holidays…and then we’re back in January 2015 with our FINAL two concerts of the season: Saturday, January 3, 2015, 7:00 PM @ the Chelmsford (MA) Center for the Arts, and Sunday, January 4, 2015, 7:00 pm @ Pilgrim Congregational Church in Leominster, MA. These are full-length concerts, and these venues always draw super appreciative and enthusiastic audiences. The Chelmsford concert is part of a fundraiser event for the Center itself, and (unlike most MVR concerts) tickets are required. ($10/adult and $5/student). They can be purchased in advance on the CCA website or at the door.
But MVR never truly “sleeps” … after the conclusion of our “Wonders of Wintertime” tour, we have another short break, then launch into rehearsals for our Spring 2015 tour, which is already starting to take shape! The tour will include appearances at the MA Spring Ring in March, the Boston Handbell Festival in May, and the Handbell Musicians of America’s Area 1 Festival Conference in June at UMass Amherst. Never a dull moment. 😉
We’ll end this post with a collection of pics taken so far during the Winter tour. As always, visit our website for tour details, group info, and CDs. Have a lovely holiday, and we hope to see you in January and beyond!