Now in its 10th season, Ring Sarasota, the area’s premier handbell ensemble, is making music throughout the Gulf Coast. With a passion for ringing, these spirited musicians captivate audiences from ages seven to 97 with a unique combination of entertainment, education, and community engagement.
Dedicated to enhancing handbell ringing as an art form, the Sarasota‐based group under the direction of former Navy bandleader Rick Holdsworth showcases over 200 bells rung by 15 ringers to create a symphony of sound with special effects mimicking the piccolo, percussion, chimes, and trombone, even the Tibetan singing bowl! Ring Sarasota attracts member ringers from as far north as Tampa Bay and as far south as Fort Myers.
Performance-history highlights include a concert for the prestigious Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota (Season Eight), a news-making Veterans Day celebration benefiting 48 hometown soldiers through Manatee Operation Troop Support (Season Six), sold-out Christmas collaborations with Bay Chorale at Neel Performing Arts Center (Seasons Four and Six), an invitation to ring as the featured ensemble at the Handbell Musicians of America Florida State Handbell Festival (Season Five), and the debut of director Rick Holdsworth’s original transcription of Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets (Season Three).
“The Beat Goes On – Ring Sarasota Celebrates 10 years!”
Fresh off of our incredibly successful ninth season, titled “Celebrate Sarasota,” Ring Sarasota is excited to announce the theme for our 10th anniversary season: “The Beat Goes On – Ring Sarasota Celebrates 10 years!” The program will include audience favorites chosen from our past nine seasons as well as a few new dynamic handbell arrangements, composed/arranged in the last 10 years, demonstrating that the beat indeed does go on!
To honor this landmark year, Ring Sarasota commissioned Michael Glasgow, a world renowned composer, conductor, and arranger, to write a special piece for us. We are very proud to be able to premier his exciting composition, “Beneath the Sparkling Skies,” during our 10th season! Whether you like upbeat and energetic, melodic and calming, hummable, Calypso, or jazz, we are sure you will enjoy this year’s concert selections!
Contact: Director/Founder: Rick Holdsworth
More information and a concert schedule can be found at www.ringsarasota.org