LOVELL — Silent for many years because of structural decay, the sweet old bell in the steeple of the Brick Church for the Performing Arts is about to ring again to celebrate the complete restoration of the fabric of the historic building. From top to bottom, belfry to foundation, the Brick Church is healthy and looking forward to its eighth season of programming.

“Ring in the Belfry!” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, will open the 2013 performance series with a concert of handbell music, choral singing, and a hymn sing to be shared by all present.

After performing this past January for a special Martin Luther King, Jr. benefit concert, area singers and bell ringers will again collaborate to present a celebratory choir invitational under the direction of Greg Huang-Dale of the Fryeburg New Church, Jed Wilson of the Lovell United Church of Christ, and John Waldie of the First Congregational Church of Fryeburg. They will be joined by special guests from Pennsylvania, The Praise Ringers from Ridley Park Presbyterian Church, who have performed in and around the Philadelphia area.

The Choir rings five octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and four octaves of hand chimes. The performance will also feature the newly formed vocal quintet, Coda Chroma, which includes the three choir directors and vocalist Laurie Turley.

Coda Chroma will share their renditions of the jazzy stylings of composers Greg Jasperse and Pepper Choplin. Be prepared for a festive mix of gospel, jazz, hymn singing and a few surprises.

Proceeds from the show will support the participating churches.

“Ring in the Belfry!” kicks off a season of varied programs: some old favorite musicians and singers — Dan Moore, Squid Jiggers — and some new ones — Skylark, Ray Ryan and Nick Nataluk, a Celtic music festival, a new play from the Celebration Barn’s comedy troupe, and “Forbidden Stories,” a powerful performance by nationally-known storyteller Diane Edgecomb narrating her dangerous journeys into Turkish Kurdistan and the stories she collected there.

The Brick Church is on Christian Hill Road.. Tickets at the door will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 15 and under. For more information, call 207-925-1500 or visit www.lovellbrickchurch.org.


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