Bells on Temple Square
2018 Summer Concert
The Bells on Temple Square will present “Bells are Ringing!” on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
The concert will be led by LeAnna Wilmore, conductor of the Bells on Temple Square and Geoff Anderson, associate conductor. The music for the evening will explore a variety of musical genres from hymns, folk music, and classical, to jazz, gospel, and patriotic. In keeping with the concert’s tradition, the bell choir numbers will be interspersed with organ solos by Temple Square organists Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, as well as pieces by members of the Orchestra at Temple Square
Tickets for the concert are free but are required. They will and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. mountain daylight time through lds.org/events or by phone at 801-570-0080.. Ticket availability will be announced soon. Each patron may request four tickets and admission is open to those eight years and older. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the flagpole on Temple Square for last-minute seating which is often available.
The program opens with several pieces based on hymn tunes and a c lassical piece based on a prelude by Edvard Grieg. The Bells will then do two African-American songs (“Deep River” and “Ain’t a That Good News”), a John Philip Sousa march, and two pieces by Leroy Anderson, who composed often for the boston Pops Orchestra, transcribed for bells (“Bugler’s Holiday” and “The Typewriter”). The concert will also include a song by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, and Bjorn Ulvaeus (“Dancing Queen”) and singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka (“Love Will Keep Us Together”.
The handbell choir has been performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and in separate concerts since 2005. Part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization, the Bells ensemble includes 32 volunteer musicians drawn from a 100-mile radius of Temple Square and rehearse every Wednesday night (with some date exceptions). After the concert, beginning again in on July 11, 2018, the Wednesday night rehearsals in the Tabernacle will be open to the public.