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Date(s) - 12/02/2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The St. James Concert Series presents a holiday themed program by the Velocity Handbells Ensemble. The concert will be at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 3:00 p.m. Sunday December 2nd.

Velocity is a community handbell ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 2001 as a small ensemble, Velocity has at the heart of its mission statement the words “have fun”! Velocity has continually astounded its audiences, first with its ability to play up to six octaves of handbells with only six ringers, then five octaves with four ringers, and more recently in configurations from two to eleven ringers.

For over 40 years, Velocity’s artistic director, Pamela “P.L.” Grove has been at the forefront of handbell artistry in America. She has performed with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Kronos Quartet, Frederica von Stade and twice on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She is currently the president of Handbell Musicians of America (the national organization devoted to promoting and teaching handbells); has conducted, performed and taught workshops throughout the United States, in the United Kingdom and Japan; and she is one of only a few people ever to receive a Bachelor’s degree in handbell performance.

Velocity will perform a concert of holiday favorites such as “Silent Night” and “Good Christian Men Rejoice”, peppered with traditional standards such as “Jingle Bells” and the “Twelve Days of Christmas” that are “changed” up a bit. There will be a few classical Christmas favorites, a few children’s Christmas favorites, and the audience will be invited to join the bells in a sing-a-long.

Join Velocity Handbell Ensemble this holiday season for music that moves. Tickets are $20 for adults and $6 for students under 18. Tickets will be available at The Mountain Book Shop, at the door, or by calling 209-532­-1580.