Members of Jubilation Handbell Ensemble of First United Methodist Church, along with director, Lora Robison, attended the Greater Dallas Handbell Association Level 3 Festival at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas, on Saturday, April 20. The festival provides an opportunity for handbell choirs to come together to prepare and ring in a massed framework and present a concert to the general public.
Attending the festival were nineteen handbell ensembles from various churches and denominations across the Dallas area as well as from Oklahoma and Arkansas. The closing concert included prescribed selections which the ensembles have been practicing throughout the year. Most groups (including Jubilation) practice and perform the selected music for their own worship services or special programs during the year.
Clinician for the festival was Dr. John Behnke, Professor of Music at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, where he teaches organ, graduate handbell courses, directs the Alleluia Ringers, Concordia’s touring handbell choir, and the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble. He is also the Music Editor of the AGEHR Music---Handbell Musicians of America. Dr. Behnke is a renowned handbell conductor, teacher, and composer, having composed one of the pieces performed during the afternoon concert, “All Creatures of Our God and King.”
In addition to Dr. Behnke’s composition, the concert program included “King of Kings” by Robert Ward; “The First Noel” arranged by Cathy Moklebust; “Lamentation” by J.S. Frizzel; and “Sway” by Pablo Beltran Ruiz/arranged by Eithun.
“All Creatures of Our God and King” by Dr. Behnke will be rung at the 10 AM service on Sunday, April 28, by Jubilation Bells at First United Methodist Church in Gilmer. Music lovers are invited to attend.