The King Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble will be presenting "The Spirit of Spring" concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St. The concert will feature clarinet soloist Deb Fritcher and soprano Julie Larson with the choir playing some popular spirituals. The concert will also feature sacred music, including "Come, Let Us Eat" by Eagle Grove composer/arranger Cathy Moklebust, and an arrangement of "Lift High the Cross," featuring pianist Joan Arndt and organist Judy Zoch. Some selections will include percussion accompaniment with the handbells.
Refreshments will be served, and a freewill offering will be taken.
The King Ringers is a community handbell ensemble from the Fort Dodge area. The group's name is a tribute to the legendary Fort Dodge bandmaster/composer, Karl L. King. Their first appearance was at the Fort Dodge Area Symphony concert in December 1997. They have performed with the Fort Dodge Choral Society, the Iowa Central Community College Choir, and in Hawkeye Theater's Christmas shows.
The King Ringers are currently in their 15th year of existence. Currently there are 15 members and several substitute ringers who rehearse on Tuesday evenings at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge. Their performances include classical, sacred, jazz, patriotic and popular music, as well as original compositions for handbells. They perform with 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells (61 bells) and 4 octaves of Malmark hand chimes.