Founded in 2010, Ring Sarasota handbell ensemble features advanced handbell ringers from Tarpon Springs, Largo, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota and Englewood. The group performs a wide variety of music, from classical to Americana, Armed Forces tributes to original compositions written specifically for handbells.
Now in its ninth season, Ring Sarasota, the area’s premier handbell ensemble, continues making music throughout the Gulf Coast. With a passion for playing, these spirited musicians captivate audiences age seven to seventy-seven with a unique combination of entertainment, education, and community engagement.
Dedicated to bringing ringing prime time, the Sarasota‐based group under the direction of former Navy bandleader Rick Holdsworth showcases over 200 bells rung by 30 hands to create a symphony of sound with special effects mimicking the piccolo, percussion, chimes, trombone, even the Tibetan singing bowl. Their music has been described as an inspirational mix of melody and muscle.
Performance history highlights include a news making Veterans Day celebration benefiting 48 hometown soldiers through Manatee Operation Troop Support, a sold out Christmas collaboration with Bay Chorale at Neel Performing Arts Center, debuting director Rick Holdsworth’s original transcription of Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets, radio and video broadcasts of their first CD recording, and an invitation to ring as the featured ensemble at the Handbell Musicians of America Florida state festival.
For our 9th season we present “Celebrate Sarasota,”
Pristine white-sandy beaches, breathtaking sunsets, theater, concerts, ballet, opera, diverse dining, galleries, museums, the circus, spectator and participant sporting events …. That’s Sarasota County, often referred to as “Florida’s Cultural Coast!” Join Ring Sarasota in our 9th season as we present “Celebrate Sarasota,” a collection of songs highlighting the diverse culture that makes Sarasota unique.
Listen as the crowd roars as they root for their favorite Spring training team with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Imagine hearing the calliope resounding as the circus rolls into town with “Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite.” Enjoy a visit to the theatre with vibrant renditions of “Overture to Carmen,” “Festive Dance,” and a new rendition of “Bring Him Home” (penned by a local composer). Remembering our friends who work endlessly to maintain the beauty of our natural resources, we offer “Under the Sea” and “Walk in the Park.” Enjoy a beautiful sunset and a romantic stroll down one of our sandy beaches with “Love Will Keep Us Together”. And, as with all Ring Sarasota concerts, we pay tribute to this great nation with a vibrate and stirring “America the Beautiful!”
All of this and even a few more …. We hope you will join us this season as we proudly present, “Celebrate Sarasota!”
Contact: Director/Founder: Rick Holdsworth
More information and a concert schedule can be found at www.ringsarasota.org