Fewer than a dozen solo handbell artists using four octave handbells concertize in the Eastern United States. Such a rare opportunity will be Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m., the first in a series of three free handbell concerts at Princeton United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Nassau Street at Vandeventer Avenue. Hyosang Park, Princeton UMC’s music director, will perform on solo handbells on a program that also features the Princeton UMC Handbell Choir.
The series continues on Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m. when Park directs the Philadelphia Bronze. In a concert entitled “Shall we dance!” the group will play variety of dance music on bells. On Sunday, June 3 at 5 p.m. Park performs with the Quadrants Handbell Quartet in its debut concert, offering well-known classic music for bells.
An offering will be taken at each concert. For the May 6 and June 3 concerts it will be for the Appalachia Service Project — a Christian ministry that is open to those of any faith. The Princeton UMC youth program welcomes all teens of all backgrounds, church members and non-church members alike, to participate in the life-changing experience of ASP.
PrincetonUMC is a diverse congregation whose members come from many surrounding communities, backgrounds, and faith histories. Worship and children’s Sunday School is at 10 a.m. with nursery care available; adult classes meet Sundays and throughout the week. There are choirs for all ages, and the bell choir rings on third Sundays. The building is wheelchair accessible and Sunday parking is free. For information call 609-924-2613 or visit http://www.princetonumc.org/.
Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave., 609-924-2613, www.PrincetonUMC.org, Handbell Choir and solo handbells, directed by Hyosang Park, Sunday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.