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Bells, Big Band and more: Community concerts offer a mix

NEW PORT RICHEY — The celestial sound of ringing bells wafted through the rehearsal room at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs as the Suncoast Bronze Ringers prepared for their upcoming spring concerts.

Being a part of bell choir takes talent and skills that include the ability to read music and keep time, along with mastering a flick of the wrist or the deft placement of a mallet on chimes that can make a note hang in the air. Working together as a group is another component that's essential in a musical presentation that is pleasing to the both ear and eye.

Their instruments, laid out on long covered tables and played with a gloved hand, are a hodgepodge collection. Some were purchased by the group that was first founded in 2012. Others are borrowed from Genesis Preparatory School and Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, and some chimes are on loan from First United Methodist Church Tarpon Springs.

All be on display when the community handbell choir presents its spring concert "Ring Around the World" under the direction of Pat Deighton at two local venues. Both performances will feature guest ringers. The first concert will be at 3 p.m. April 8 at First United Methodist Church, 13123 US 19 in Hudson. Another will be at 3 p.m. April 15 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road in New Port Richey. The concerts are free. Donations will be accepted.

Other musical offerings:

The Anclote Symphonic Winds presents "British and American Classics" at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey. The Anclote Symphonic Winds are a premier wind ensemble playing a classical-to-pops repertoire and serving as the resident orchestra for Richey Suncoast Theatre. The ensemble is under the baton of Maestro J.R. Farley and made up of professional and semi-professional musicians from the Tampa Bay Area. Tickets are $10; $8 for season ticket holders.

• From The Godfather to Titanic it's all about the Oscar winning songs and musical scores for the Richey Community Orchestra April offering. The concert will feature some of the "Best Original Song" and "Best Musical Score" Academy Award winners. The Richey Community Chorus also make an appearance, lending their voices to Skyfall, When You Believe, Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head and The Way We Were. The orchestra will play music from classic films such as Titanic, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Show time is 3 p.m. April 15 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $15 for open seating. Purchase at the door, or go to richeycommunityorchestra.com.

• The Thursday Musicale, now in it's 70th season, will perform under the direction of new conductor, Bruce Gailbraith at 2 p.m. April 19 at the First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson. A freewill offering collected at each concert covers performance expenses and supports scholarships for high school seniors who will pursue music studies in college.

• The Richey Suncoast Theater, 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey, closes out its Big Band series with the J.R. Farley Orchestra presentation of a Tribute to the Big Band Singers at 2 p.m. April 25. Tickets are $10; $8 for season ticket holders.

• The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 27-28, and 2 p.m. April 29 at Central High School Theater, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. General admission: $18 for adults; $5 students (grades K-12). Adult group ticket is $16 with a minimum of 10 adult tickets purchased. Go to www.hernandosymphony.com/ticket-concert-info

Contact Michele Miller at mmiller@tampabay.com. Follow @MicheleMiller52.

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