Six bell choirs from the California-Nevada Annual Conference will present sacred and secular music that demonstrates unusual bell techniques, at the Sixth Annual California-Nevada United Methodist Bell Festival, Saturday, November 7 at Lake Merritt UMC in Oakland.
The concert begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public.
New choirs joining in the festivities this year are Asbury Ringers from Asbury UMC in Livermore, the Willow Glen Ringers from Willow Glen UMC in San Jose, and Jubilee Bells from El Cerrito UMC.
Returning are La Bella Nota, a combined choir from the Point Arena and Ukiah churches, the Mission Bells from St. Paul's UMC in Manteca, and the host choir for the sixth year, Bell Appeal of Bethany UMC in San Francisco.
Dorothy Straks, Cal-Nevada Annual Conference registrar of deacons and music director for the Annual Conference Session, will conduct the choirs in five mass ring pieces. Four of the choirs will perform group solo pieces. Carol Smith, nationally known bell artist from Walnut Creek UMC, and Caroline Harnley, director of the bell choir at Community UMC of Half Moon Bay, will offer individual bell solos.
Bruce Pettit of Bell Appeal, who also is administrative assistant for the Golden Gate District, said an attempt was made to contact every bell choir in the Conference through their district offices this year. Any that inadvertently were overlooked may contact him at the Golden Gate office for future concerts.