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Ring in the New Year Bell Choir Concert At Willow Grove Church

January 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM

The Walsh Grazio Bell Choir will be performing a winter concert at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church on Sunday January 12, at 3:00 p.m.  This free concert, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth Presbytery, is the second in Willow Grove Church’s “Music for the Soul” concert series. The  concert will be preceded at 2:30 pm by Meet the Instruments, a special musical event for children and their families.

The Walsh Memorial Bell Choir, a ministry of  The Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains, NJ, was established in September 1968.  Dedicated to “ringing praise with joy,” the Bell Choir program has continued this mission for more than 40 years. They have performed in worship services and concerts throughout northern New Jersey.

Directed by Carl Loutzenheiser, the Bell Choir uses a six-octave set of Schulmerich handbells, a five-octave set of Malmark Choirchimes, a seventh-octave bass handbell and three seventh-octave Choirchimes. The concert will feature a lively combination of Christmas music and songs about winter.  The program will include I Wonder As I Wander, Ukrainian Bell Carol, Parade of the Tin Soldiers, Frosty the Snowman, and Joy to the World.              

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Immediately following the concert, there will be an opportunity to talk with the musicians at a reception offering light refreshments.

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is located in Scotch Plains at 1961 Raritan Road, across the street from the Scotch Plains Southside Firehouse and Southside Soccer Park, near the corner of South Martine Avenue. The facilities are handicap-accessible. Call (908) 232-5678 or visit for more information.  The "Music for the Soul" series will continue throughout 2014, featuring free concerts with a wide variety of musical styles and performers.






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