For release through April 1.
FARMERS BRANCH/DALLAS • Thousands of bells will ring out at the annual Brookhaven College spring handbell festivals March 18 and April 1. Each festival brings together more than 20 handbell choirs from throughout the region for a full day of clinics and rehearsal before a 4 p.m. concert event. The concert is free and open to the public in the Brookhaven College Gymnasium, Building T.
The Brookhaven College School of the Arts hosts the festivals with the college's Handbell Ensemble. The Greater Dallas Handbell Association and American Guild of English Handbell Ringers sponsor the event. Nationally known clinician Kathy Ebling-Thorne will conduct the festival. Choirs under Ebling-Thorne's direction have performed at Carnegie Hall, the World Financial Center's Festival of Light and Sound, Lifetime Television, the "Today Show" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
The Brookhaven College Handbell Ensemble includes members from around the Metroplex. The group performs locally, regionally and has performed even internationally at festivals, conferences and concerts from Dallas to Oklahoma to Paris, France. Bonnie Riddle, director of the ensemble, has taught credit and noncredit handbell courses at Brookhaven College since 1980.
For more information about the Brookhaven College Handbell Ensemble, please contact Bonnie Riddle, director, at the Brookhaven College School of the Arts at 972-860-4730.
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