Mountain View Ringers score with Jenkins

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The handbell choir members at Mountain View United Methodist Church are ringing the bells in celebration. Selected to appear with the Colorado Springs Chorale at the annual Deck the Hall event Dec. 7 at the Pikes Peak Center, the choir is a bit heady these days.

“We played several songs for the Chorale director, Donald P. Jenkins,” said Gary Myers, the choir's director. “Don hopped up and asked if we'd like to play at the Pikes Peak Center with the chorale.”

Now that the choir is in the big league of music in the Pikes Peak Region, the 14 members are practicing with Jenkins as well as the event's pianist, Dan Brink. “It has been a fantastic experience for us,” Myers said. “These are the nicest people in the world.”

With solo pieces in the second half of the performance, the handbell choir is also part of the dramatic “O Holy Night,” with piano, organ and the 120- voice chorale. Myers directs the piece.

The 14-member choir reflects the participation of the congregation whose donors purchased the 61 bells of various sizes. “It's a five-octave set,” Myers said. “And we have a five-octave set of chimes.”

Deck the Hall concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs. For information about tickets, call 520-SHOW or check cschorale.org.

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