The Acadia Handbell Choir will play at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on March 27.

Handbell choir concert postponed

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Acadia Handbell Choir originally scheduled to present an evening of music, rhythm and stories at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m., will now do so on Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m.

The fun, interactive concert will have picture book stories, rhythm instruments and choo-choo whistles. The library’s home-school group, The Bookworms, will perform a special piece on the handbells and will narrate a musical version of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” using puppets to help tell the story. The program is geared for preschool through fourth grade, but all are welcome.

The Acadia Handbell Choir was formed in the 1970s. Handbell choirs are carefully choreographed so that the entire group acts as a single instrument. English handbells come in various sizes, the smaller ones having the higher pitch tones and the larger bells having the lower base tones. The bells are made of copper and tin, cast and pitched in a factory so that heat and cold will not affect the tone. The clappers only move up and down and have special springs to prevent the clapper from resting on the bell. Each bell is marked with the musical note on its handle. Historically, bells were used to ring out messages. Now they are used in concert settings.

Call the library at 244-7065.

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