“Songs of Hope and Joy,” a concert by the Parkland Chamber Singers with special guests the Chancel Ringers Handbell Choir of First United Methodist Church in Champaign, will be performed on Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at the Parkland Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.
The chamber singers, conducted by Barbara Zachow and accompanied by Kristina Engberg, will perform traditional carols and songs of the season: Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, Away in a Manger, Fum, Fum, Fum, and I Saw Three Ships.
The Chancel Ringers Handbell Choir, directed by Reverend Jim Till, is one of the oldest organized and one of the most active handbell choirs in central Illinois; some present members have rung with the group for 20 to 35 years. This group rings five full octaves of bells in addition to four octaves of choir chimes. The Chancel Ringers will perform “He Is Born” and “Jingle Bells” arr. by Dobrinski; “Meditation on an Old French Carol,” arr by Hakes; and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” arr. by Stephenson, among other selections.