TAHOE CITY, Calif. — This is not your traditional bell choir. Performances are dramatic, moving and thoughtful.
Tintabulations, a community handbell ensemble from Reno, Nev., will present their annual Christmas concert, this year entitled “A Hipster’s Carol.”
This concert will be joyfully performed at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., above the Tahoe City Marina in Tahoe City, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.
Clad in their trademark green Converse shoes, this hour-long concert will feature unique arrangements of everyone’s favorite carols performed on 120 bells and chimes.
The entire concert is narrated with an original poem about one man’s quest to find his own meaning of the holiday season. From upbeat songs like “Ding Dong, Merrily on High” to dramatic versions of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “The First Noel,” this concert puts even the toughest Grinch in the holiday spirit.
Since its founding in 1996, Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble (or just “Tintab,” as the members say) has been pushing the boundaries of traditional handbell performance and entertaining audiences around the west coast.
Barb Walsh, the group’s director and a local music teacher, started Tintab with a handful of ambitious high school students. The group has since grown to include University of Nevada students, music teachers, and working professionals from all walks of life. Tintab performs with the Reno Pops and Reno Philharmonic, as well as giving concerts throughout Nevada, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and even Disneyland.
For more information and the concert schedule, check out their website at www.Tintabulations.com.
Founded in 1986, the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe Truckee is upstairs in the Tahoe City Marina building at 700 North Lake Blvd. It is a spiritual community focused on celebrating life and the unique preciousness of all beings. This community believes there are many paths to God and that every religion and path has value and purpose. With a variety of services available, such as classes, meditation, and special events, the center meets the needs of families, singles, children, adults, and seniors. Call 530-581-5117 for information.