Reno handbell choir coming to Grass Valley |

Reno handbell choir coming to Grass Valley

Submitted by Trina Kleist
Tintabulations, a Reno-based hand-bell ensemble, will perform at a free concert on Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.
Submitted to The Union

The body-and-soul-stirring performance by the Tintabulations, a world-class handbell ensemble from Reno, will be at 6 p.m. on May 19 at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

The name “Tintabulations” refers to the reverberation that flows through the body after a brass bell rings. The concert is free, and a reception will follow. Any donations received will benefit Tintabulations. The performance is a production of Arts @ PEACE, the church’s program of high-quality cultural events offered to the community. Peace Lutheran Church, which has its own bell choir that performs during Sunday morning worship, is located at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Parking includes handicapped spaces and drop-off.

The handbell ensemble’s broad repertoire includes arrangements of “Dust in the Wind” by Kerry Livgren; “Stars and Stripes” by John Philip Sousa;” “And All That Jazz Music” by John Kander; and the English folk melody, “Scarborough Fair.”

Tintabulations is enjoying its 22nd year and began in Reno “as an ambitious group of middle school students” directed by Barbara Walsh. The ensemble now includes members who range from university students to retirees. Handbells were invented in late 17th-century England as a tool for church-bell ringers to practice outside of the bell tower. Learn more at or call 530-273-9631.

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