Cast of Bronze, an auditioned community handbell ensemble from Dallas, Texas, will be performing on their 15th annual summer concert tour at Bethany Christian Church on Wednesday, June 07 at 7:00 p.m. This year’s program entitled “Bronze Mosaic” features original handbell compositions by Karen Buckwalter, Cathy Moklebust, Arnold Sherman and many others. Cast of Bronze will also play marches, classical and sacred music, and other familiar tunes.
Come and join us for a fun-filled informal and interactive concert that is free and open to the public. Come see and hear the largest and smallest handbells ever manufactured. Following the concert members of the audience will be invited to come and ring bells or chimes and ask questions of the ringers and director.
Cast of Bronze performs on 331 handbells and chimes including: 7 and a half octaves of American made Schulmerich handbells, 6 octaves of Malmark Choir Chimes, 5 octaves of English made Whitechapel handbells, 3 octaves of Dutch made Petit and Fritsen handbells, 3 octaves of BoomWhackers and 2.5 octaves of DeskSet bells, and two octaves of R.H. Mayland handbells manufactured in the 1880s.
Renowned for their musicianship and technical prowess, Cast of Bronze has delighted audiences in concerts throughout Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Texas. They performed in 11 concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, been a featured performing ensemble for the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, Plano Civic Chorus, Dallas Women’s Chorus, American Guild of Organists, members of the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra and have commissioned advanced music for handbells. Cast of Bronze released their first CD titled “Opening Night”.
Chris Nabors is the founding director of Cast of Bronze and has served as the director of the Elliott Handbell Ensemble of Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas since November, 2003. He studied music education at the University of North Texas, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters of Business Administration from Baylor University.
Mr. Nabors was introduced to handbells by his father, Dr. Oran R. Nabors, who was one of the pioneers of handbell ringing in the Dallas area in the early 1960’s and former editor of Overtones magazine.
Mr. Nabors has been directing handbell ensembles since 1981, and has served on the staff of three Dallas area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) churches. This service included a position as the Director of Handbells at Northway Christian Church, Dallas, Texas, where he directed three adult handbell ensembles and one youth choir. He is the founding director of Cast of Bronze, a nationally recognized community handbell ensemble from Dallas, Texas. He has frequently served as a clinician or festival director in the region. He is the current president of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, member of the Handbell Musicians of America, has composed and arranged music for handbells and was a member of the Dallas Handbell Ensemble (David R. Davidson, Director).
Cast of Bronze is a handbell ensemble dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music and the promotion of the art of ringing handbells.
- Enlighten audiences with the performance of advanced sacred and secular handbell music;
- Enhance church services by achieving high quality musical offerings of advanced handbell music appropriate for worship;
- Promote the art of handbell ringing through sponsoring and participating in concerts, workshops and festivals;
- Encourage and commission handbell composers and arrangers to create and publish music for advanced handbell ensembles;
- And have fun and fellowship with fellow handbell ringers.