Bronzissimo! That’s entertainment!

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

The Bronzissimo! select handbell choir rang a program of musical theater/cinema/opera Saturday (June 19) at Valley Christian Reformed Church in the Town of Chenango. With a light, whimsical flair and mostly familiar melodies, the ensemble invited audience participation through hum-alongs and pseudo-rhythm percussion.

Claire Bombard, who billed herself as the “mean” director (co-director Jessica Bowerman rang but is on maternity leave from directing), has been ringing since before some of her ringers were born (46 years). The average experience in this group is about 19 years (though the group does have a newcomer and two others with less than 10 years). The experience level is evident as Bronzissimo! plays the bells smoothly and in several modes of sound.

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Bronzissimo! rings true

Last Sunday, nearly 200 people filled Memorial Park Baptist Church (also now home to St. Andrew’s Anglican Church) in Vestal to hear the Bronzissimo! Community Handbell Choir’s winter concert. The program offered familiar carols and Christmas favorites from the French, English, Ukrainian and American traditions. The bells were joined at times by flute, wind chime, drum and keyboard. 

Bronzissimo! is a select group of the best ringers from several local handbell choirs. This concert featured 14 ringers playing five octaves.  For more details, click here. Read the rest of this entry »