NOVEMBER 15, 2010 — MONMOUTH, ILL. — The Review Atlas newspaper featured this Friday's concert with the Shadows of Bronze on the front page in their November 13-14 edition. "Daniel Reck, Michael Surratt and Rebecca Johnson make up the musical group," says Review Atlas reporter Leanne Moore, "which brings together handbells, piano and wind instruments to create a unique sound of music."
The article highlights the Shadows of Bronze's performance at the First Lutheran Church of Monmouth, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday."We try to be educational in our program," says the ensemble's handbell ringer, Daniel Reck, as quoted in the article. "Lots of people have seen handbell ensembles, but we try to teach about how the instrument actually works, the history of the music and literature and show off techniques used to play handbells."
Moore detailed the concert program, which will be repeated at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque, Iowa: "The first half of the concert will be American music. Some of those songs include 'An American Fanfare,' 'The Star Spangled Banner,' 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,' 'Amazing Grace,' and one composed by Reck entitled, 'A Hope.'"
The second half of the performance will include some pieces for the holiday season but also songs of a secular historical nature, says Moore. The concerts will end with "Symphonia on Hyfrydol," which "uses neat techniques, including … hanging bells … (played) with mallets," Reck said in the article.
"Besides the enjoyment factor, Reck and Surratt want to support cultural arts programing in general," said Moore, noting the ensemble's philanthropic mission. "In other concerts when donations have been accepted, Shadows of Bronze gave the proceeds back to the venue to make it easier for them to support other cultural programming."