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Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky presented by Gualala Arts
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala, CA
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Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky presented by Gualala Arts
Gualala Arts will present a multi-faceted performance entitled "Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky" on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.

It features singing, dancing, instrumental music, and a world premiere. Performers include Ancora of Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, members of the Anchor Bay Choral and Dance Project, and the Anchor Bay Children's Choir, the Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers, and Karl Young on shakuhachi.

The highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of a new piece written for shakuhachi, hand bells and children's choir by composer Marty Regan, who is well known for being one of the leading composers of music for combined ensembles of Japanese and western instruments. The title of the new piece is "Homework." The words are from a poem of the same title by the Japanese poet Tanikawa Shuntaro.

Mr. Regan is originally from Long Island, New York, and currently teaches at Texas A & M University.

On the program will be a special performance by Robert Geary's vocal group, Ancora, which is part of the award-winning Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir and was the inspiration for his wife, Sue Bohlin, starting the Anchor Bay Children's Choir 7 years ago. Both Geary, who founded the Piedmont Choirs, and Bohlin have worked for the East Bay organization for over 27 years. Each summer they tour with the group and will be performing in Denmark and Sweden this summer.

The Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers, named after the composer grandfather of local resident Sita Milchev, delights in playing in a wide variety of musical styles. Singing is an important part of the bell ringers' programs, as there are many excellent vocalists in the group, and the audience is often invited to sing along. Local musicians often join the bell ringers, including clarinetist Eric Kritz, Don Krieger on keyboard and Karl Young on shakuhachi. They are a community bell-ringing group who meet every Monday at 5:00pm at the home of Rick and Jeanne Jackson.

The shakuhachi is a Japanese bamboo flute originally played by the Komuso, who were priests of the Fuke-Shu sect of Zen Buddhism, who wandered Japan during the Edo period (1600-1868). The shakuhachi is currently played in a variety of Japanese classical and folk settings as well as in various forms of western music. Along with playing the traditional repertoire, Karl also plays jazz and frequently joins in with local musicians. Karl is a physicist at the University of California, San Francisco and lives part time in Gualala with his artist wife, Suzan Friedland.

Karl Young and the Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers will also perform several songs together, including the haunting "Le Ping."

Tickets are $15 advance, $5 more on the day of the performance. Youth 7 to 17 free. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.



Gualala Arts Center (View)
46501 Gualala Road
Gualala, CA 95445
United States

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Music > Choral

Minimum Age: 7
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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