Madison Area Concert Handbells Holiday Concerts
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 5700 Pheasant Hill Road, Monona, WI
Led this season by conductor Brad Schultz of Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), MACH presents our holiday concerts in a program that parallels the centuries old "Twelve Days of Christmas" carol, chronicling each day and gift in song.
The program begins with Sondra Tucker's Christmas Carillon, a collage of familiar carols, followed by Kevin McChesney's setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas, a rhythmic and tonal tour de force, full of interesting twists and turns. The program continues through each of the days of the poem, featuring many guest musicians in addition to the fourteen ringers of MACH. A Partridge in a Pear Tree, or The Lone, Wild Bird (The Hills are Bare at Bethlehem) by Wisconsin composer Paul McKlveen features clarinetist Kim Robey. Local organist Alex Ford joins the choir on Three French Hens, Linda McKechnie's setting of We Three Kings, and Handel's familiar Allegro and Hornpipe (Eleven Pipers Piping) set by David Keller. Percussionist Justin Bain will join the choir on Twelve Drummers Drumming, or Carol of the Drum, a new work from the pen of Michael Glasgow, a rising talent in handbell composition.
We hope that you will join us for this unique and festive program!
Madison Area Concert Handbells