WEST HARTFORD — Two bell choirs from Chime In! Music with a Mission will join more than 500 other handbell ringers from around New England for a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at Chase Family Arena, 80 Sunny Reach Dr.

The concert is the culmination of a four-day handbell festival conference at the University of Hartford.

The festival conference organized by Area I Handbell Musicians of America provides a forum for handbell ringers and directors to join in workshops, rehearsals, concerts and networking centered around handbells.

This year’s festival features nationally known conductors and composers Cathy Moklebust and Kevin McChesney, who will lead workshops and conduct the aggregate handbell choirs at the final concert.

The festival is held biennially at different sites around New England. 

This year it is being held in Connecticut for the first time, giving residents the opportunity to experience the event and the sound from the blend of hundreds of handbells.

The festival closing concert will feature both original compositions and handbell arrangements of well-known sacred and secular pieces by Moklebust, McChesney and other composers and arrangers. 

Instrumental accompanists will include the 5 Metal Chemistry Brass Quintet.

A free-will offering at the close of the concert will benefit the Bradford Endowment Fund which provides scholarships to handbell ringers and directors attending a regional or national conference or seminar

The concert is free and open to the public.

Those seeking additional information may visit area1.handbellmusicians.org/festival-conference/ or www.chimeinmusic.org

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