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Our spring concert series: Rhythm's Gonna Get Ya!

Rhythm's Gonna Get Ya!

Bells of the Cascades is excited to present our first concert under the direction of renowned handbell composer Matthew Compton. This concert will be an excited exploration of rhythm and is sure to quicken your pulse and cause involuntary movement of your feet as “Rhythm’s Gonna Get Ya!”

This year, we have four spring concerts for you to choose from!

Saturday, 6 May 2017 - 1:30pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 16001 NE 34th St, Vancouver, WA
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Saturday, 6 May 2017 - 7:00pm
Tualatin Presbyterian Church, 9230 SW Siletz Dr, Tualatin, OR
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Saturday, 20 May 2017 - 7:00pm
Forest Grove United Methodist Church, 1726 Cedar St, Forest Grove, OR
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Sunday, 21 May 2017 - 3:30pm
First United Methodist Church of Salem, 600 State St, Salem, OR
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For all concerts, admission is just $10, with no one turned away for lack of funds. We hope to see you at one of these concerts!

Holiday concerts in Portland, Salem and Mason County WA

Jingle All the Way!

We’re pleased to announce our three holiday concerts:

All ages welcome! Suggested donation of $10. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

We’ll also be participating in a family spectacular with Mason County’s Harstine Island Community Choir on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Shelton, WA. Including your favorite holiday songs, with fantastic choral arrangements! Free; donations gladly accepted at the door.

Learn more about each concert by following the links above. You can also view the concerts on Facebook:

We hope you can join us!

Fall concerts: Ringing the classics in Forest Grove and Salem

Ringing the classics

We’re pleased to announce our two fall concerts:

Featuring popular tunes by Frank Sinatra and The Andrews Sisters, classical works by Vierne and Widor, and several handbell classics! Leanne Bilstrom directing.

Learn more about each concert by following the links above. You can also view the Forest Grove concert on Facebook or view the Salem concert on Facebook.

We hope you can join us!

Bells of the Cascades’ new music director: Matthew Compton

Matthew Compton

Bells of the Cascades is pleased to announce our new music director, Matthew Compton.

Matthew is a Colorado Springs native who has been composing, arranging, and conducting music for handbells since 2007 when he was in the eighth grade. He had his first composition published at the age of 15, making him one of the youngest ever published handbell composers. He has numerous compositions and arrangements in print or in the publishing process.

An avid performer, player and student of handbell music, Matthew is known for his high-energy originals and arrangements and beautiful harmonies. His music has been performed across the world by many elite groups, including The Agape Ringers, the Alleluia Ringers of Concordia University Wisconsin, Pikes Peak Youth Ringers, and Hong Kong Youth Handbell Ensemble.

In addition, Matthew’s music has been selected for the repertoire for regional and national handbell festivals, including Distinctly Bronze East and West, and the International Handbell Symposium.

Matthew graduated in 2016 from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in music and a focus on composition and conducting. During his time at Concordia, he rang with the Alleluia Ringers, a touring handbell choir; started a student handbell choir to perform at an annual campus event; and was the handbell director at a local church.

Bells of the Cascades is very excited to have Matt as our new music director in 2017!

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