Tuesday, March 23, 2010


We're excited about our upcoming workshop for ringers and directors! On May 1st, at Barrington United Methodist Church, Chicago Bronze will lead a hands-on workshop for handbell enthusiasts who want to learn more about ringing.

There will be classes, like score study, stopped sound techniques, techniques for bass bell as well as high bells. Each participant will get a chance to take 3 40-minute classes. Then there will be a reading session, sponsored by J.W.Pepper Music. Everyone will get a chance to play some new music, and maybe you will be able to apply some of what you've learned.

After dinner, catered by Jeff Can Cook?, there will be a Chicago Bronze concert at 7pm. It's open to the public, but tickets are included in the workshop registration.

If you'd like to learn more about ringing handbells, no matter what your current level of expeience is, we look forward to talking with you at the workshop.

To register, you will need to get the registration form and send it to BUMC.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lamento Borincano

One of the new songs we're working on this season is a Puerto Rican classic, "Lamento Borincano" by Rafaél Hernández (1892-1965), arranged by Francisco Reneir Abad. Hernández was a prolific Puerto Rican composer, with over 3,000 songs, but the Lamento is the most famous.

"It depicts the struggles of a Puerto Rican jibaro [peasant] to survive; an archetypical hero that the Puerto Rican people immediately and always identified with closely. The identification with this poor jibaro, despondent from his inability to sell his goods in the town’s marketplace can be seen as a representation of Puerto Rico’s own struggle for national identity and self-reliance in the face of a colonial history."
--from Music of Puerto Rico

Chicago Bronze is excited to present this work, with its percussive rhythms as well as its history and significance to Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has a relatively large handbell community; we should be so lucky to visit the island some day and share their musical heritage.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Member Profile: Cathe Morse

CATHE MORSE's formal music training includes tenures at Boston Conservatory of Music, University of Denver and Eastern Illinois University. She directed youth handbells in Oregon for 6 years before moving to Illinois to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Cathe teaches several subjects to 5th through 8th grades and is excited to be ringing with Chicago Bronze. She lives in Gurnee.