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April 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of BBR,

It’s been a long but exciting winter for BBR–did you see our appearanceon 48 Hours?–but at long last spring has arrived in Boston in earnest.

With warmer weather comes anticipation for our spring and summer concerts and events. This year, we’re celebrating the old and the new as we continue commemorating our tenth anniversary.

By now, the Boston Handbell Festival has become an annual tradition for many musicians and fans in in our area. We love co-sponsoring this beloved event (which this year features Raleigh Ringers director Dave Harris) and we also enjoy commissioning new works, which is why we’ll be premiering a brand-new composition by Michael Helman at a day-long celebration at beautiful Salem State University that also features a workshop with this renowned composer.

Suitably, our tenth-anniversary concerts have the theme of “Reflections.” Come see where we’ve been and where we’re going at a BBR concert this spring!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |April 14th, 2014|News|

January 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of BBR,

Thank you for making our holiday concerts and the release of our new CD so successful. It’s been a great start to our tenth anniversary year.

Our spring 2014 concert season is also going to be a fun one–we’re excited to present a workshop led by Michael Helman, as well as solo concerts in Salem and West Barnstable.

If you’re interested in being a part of our spring season, we’re looking for 1-2 musicians to join our ensemble; please see below for more details.

Best wishes for a happy 2014,

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |January 6th, 2014|News|

December 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends of BBR,
You may still be figuring out what to do with all those turkey leftovers, but here at the Back Bay Ringers, we’re already looking forward to Christmas! Our 2013 holiday concert program, Comfort & Joy, kicks off in just a few days with solo concerts and guest appearances around Boston. These are the first performances of our tenth anniversary season, so we really hope to see you at one or more events this December!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |December 1st, 2013|News|

November 2013 Newsletter

November 20, 2013

Dear Friends of BBR,
We’re pleased to announce the release of our third recording, Comfort & Joy. It’s been a project two years in the making, as we’ve selected our favorite holiday repertoire from the past few seasons and recorded them at WGBH’s fabulous Fraser Performance Studio. We’re really proud of the recording, and we can’t wait to share it with all of you! Make plans to attend our concert and CD release party to pick up your own copy (and a couple more for gifts!), or, if you’re unable to attend our concerts this December, copies of the CD are also now available for order on our website. We hope that listening to Comfort & Joy becomes part of your holiday tradition this year and for years to come!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |November 20th, 2013|News|

October 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends of BBR,

When it still feels like summer even though the calendar says October, it’s easy to forget that the season of snow, ice, and holiday music is right around the corner.

But the Back Bay Ringers haven’t forgotten–we’ve been rehearsing Christmas music since just after Labor Day, and we’re eager to share our holiday program–Comfort & Joy–with audiences around Boston this December.

Please mark your calendars now for these holiday performances–we especially hope to see you at our CD release concert and party, the first big event of our tenth anniversary season!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |October 2nd, 2013|News|

Special News Bulletin (August 2013)

Dear Friends of BBR,

First of all, a reminder that tonight is our annual Summer Ring. And secondly, a special update to our last newsletter–BBR auditions have been rescheduled to Monday, September 9. Updated listings are below.

Enjoy the rest of summer–we look forward to seeing many of you soon!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |August 19th, 2013|News|

August 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends of BBR,

BBR is on the move! A couple of weekends ago, we cleaned and organized our storage area at Old South Church (including boxing up a lot of sheet music) in preparation for our impending move across Back Bay to First Church in Boston.

We’re feeling a bit bittersweet about our move–Old South has been our rehearsal home since our founding ten years ago–but we are excited about this new chapter in our history. And we look forward to returning to Old South for our co-production of the annual Boston Handbell Festival next May!

Once we get settled in at First Church (see below for location/directions), we want to invite you to come see us there, for two events happening later this month. Read on for all the details!

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |August 5th, 2013|News|

June 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends of BBR,

June has arrived, and so has the summer-like weather in the Boston area! We like to think that the Back Bay Ringers will be heating up the spring and summer performance calendar in our area in an entirely different way, with varied and energetic concerts in Cambridge, Lexington, and Beverly next weekend. Read on for all the details, and make plans to see us before we go on our summer hiatus!

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |June 1st, 2013|News|

April 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends of BBR,

Spring’s been slow to arrive here in New England this year, and so (I confess) has been this issue of our newsletter.

Now, however, spring is making its appearance in earnest, and soon so will we! Please read on for listings of Back Bay Ringers’ upcoming solo performances, as well as information on the seventh annual Boston Handbell Festival, which has become a spring tradition for many New Englanders.

We look forward to seeing many of you at our concerts in the Boston area this spring!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |April 26th, 2013|News|

December 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends of BBR,

As I sit here at my desk this morning, snowflakes are falling outside my window. It’s like Mother Nature knew that December has arrived . . . and that BBR’s “Let It Snow” concert series starts tomorrow!

We know December is a busy month, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to share some of the most beautiful music we know. Please make plans to attend one of our concerts this season–I’m sure if you do, you’ll appreciate the rare chance to sit quietly and just take in the wonder and magic of the winter holidays.

On our website, you’ll find additional details about all of our appearances, including the option to purchase tickets online for our solo concerts. Don’t forget to order your BBR CDs as well–they make great stocking stuffers.

Our best wishes to you and yours for a joyful and safe holiday season!

–Norah Piehl
Executive Director, Back Bay Ringers

By |December 1st, 2012|News|