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Cruise XVI

Bells of the Cascade’s next handbell cruise (our sixteenth!) is in the planning stages for 2022. More information will be announced right here as we get closer to that time!

Exciting News!

Melodica Men in concert
Bells of the Cascades in concert
Bells of the Cascades in concert
Melodica Men in concert

Bells of the Cascades has a long history of collaborating with other musical artists, like Seattle’s Bells of the Sound, the David York Ensemble, Novum Chamber Singers, Pink Martini, and the Portland Choir and Orchestra. In an exciting first for Bells of the Cascades and the handbell community, we will be collaborating this year with internet sensations the Melodica Men!

Choose from one of the following two nights….

Saturday, June 15, 7:00 pm
Rose City Park
United Methodist Church
5830 NE Alameda Street
Portland, Oregon
View more information

Sunday, June 16, 7:00 pm
Rose City Park
United Methodist Church
5830 NE Alameda Street
Portland, Oregon
View more information

What started off as two guys playing toy instruments for fun is now an internationally acclaimed musical duo. Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke became friends while studying music at the Peabody Conservatory, and they have been playing melodica together since May 2016. A melodica is like a cross between a keyboard and a harmonica because you have to blow air into it to make the reeds inside vibrate.

In July 2016, the Melodica Men funded their tour of Seattle and Paris by busking in the street. In September 2016, their “Rite of Spring” video went viral and gained over 1.5 million views in one day. In December 2016, they played their solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at the Holiday Pops concert series. Since then, they have been soloists with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, featured on ABC’s “The Gong Show,” briefly seen on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and have gained 230,000+ social media followers and over 30 million views worldwide thus far. You can find the Melodica Men on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Behind the scenes, the Melodica Men are pioneering a new way of learning music as a language through the melodica. Pilot programs in elementary schools started in January 2018, and a full online curriculum is in the works. You can find out more about their music education mission on Patreon.

Tristan is a graduate of the Juilliard School and plays principal trumpet with the Jacksonville Symphony. Joe has earned two Masters degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and is currently teaching and composing.

SEE WHAT THE EXCITEMENT IS ABOUT!

Below are some videos of the Melodica Men and Bells of the Cascades in separate performances. The inspiration for this collaboration came when the Melodica Men posted a video called “Carmen Fantasy” on YouTube, a medley based on popular melodies from the opera Carmen. Matthew Compton was so impressed by their virtuosity that he requested their permission to arrange their medley for handbells and they happily agreed.

Here is the original “Carmen Fantasy”…

 

And here is the handbell version, with both Bells of the Cascades and Seattle-based Bells of the Sound…

 

Melodica Men playing “Rhapsody in Blue”…

 

Bells of the Cascades playing “Tarantella”…

  
Plan on attending one of our concerts this June for even more from this historic collaboration - we hope to see you there!
   

Christmas in the Cascades

Christmas in the Cascades!

Join us for one of our holiday concerts this year, featuring music from all around the world… in the Cascades! Bring your family and friends and globetrot with Bells of the Cascades!

We’re offering two concerts to choose from

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
Forest Grove United Methodist Church, 1726 Cedar Street, Forest Grove, OR
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Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 3:00pm
Woodburn United Methodist Church, 700 N Cascade Drive, Woodburn, OR
View more information about this event.

Admission is just $10 at Forest Grove, and free will donations are being accepted at Woodburn. Come and celebrate the season with us!

The Forest Grove event is also serving as a fundraiser for the community of Paradise, CA. Please click the “more information” link above for details.

Also…… Watch this page and stay tuned for details about our exciting spring concert in 2019 with the Melodica Men! (You won’t want to miss it!)

  

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