The Metropolitan Bells, an advanced community handbell ensemble consisting of 13 auditioned ringers from the greater Chattanooga area, has two spring concerts in May.
The first concert is Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. at Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike. The second concert will be Thursday, May 24, 7:30 p.m at Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road.
Established in 1993, The Metropolitan Bells was the vision of founding director Ken Cochrane. Under his 10 years of leadership, The Metropolitan Bells enjoyed performances with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Boys Choir, and the Chattanooga Girls Choir. They perform on six octaves of Malmark bells and six octaves of Malmark choirchimes.
The goal of the organization is to bring advanced sacred and secular handbell music to the community and to promote the art and enjoyment of handbell ringing. Over the years, the group has performed for numerous weddings, civic groups, and community events. The group is currently under the direction of Gary Bynum.
The upcoming 2012 spring concerts will showcase Music from the Stage & Screen, featuring many Broadway and movie themes. Highlights will include music from The Wizard of Oz, The Lion King, Les Miserables, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Both concerts are free to the public. Donations will be accepted.