Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, 11836 Hwy 42, Ellison Bay, WI is pleased to have the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble in concert in Door County. Over the past 15 years, the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble (MHE) has gained wide popularity in both the Milwaukee community and beyond. MHE is an auditioned community handbell ensemble
under the direction of Dr. John A Behnke with sixteen ringers who play 73 handbells and 73 hand chimes. They have become known for amazing memorized performances, for premiering new arrangements of popular music, as well as being the recording choir for AGEHR Publishing. They have been guest performers with the Midwest Vocal Express, Bel Canto Chorus, Present Music and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In fact, MHE has performed five times with MSO under conductors: Doc Severinsen, Stuart Chafetz, Jeff Tyzik, and Andreas Delfs. Over the past two years, MHE has expanded their reach by taking mini-tours to Minnesota and South Dakota, performing by invitation at the Area 7 Handbell Festival in Sioux Falls in 2016 and last year, in 2017, they traveled to Elgin, IL and St. Louis, MO. In May of 2013, the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble became a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Their mission is "To further the art of handbell ringing by educating, inspiring and informing others on the art form" by showcasing
advanced handbell repertoire while being a musical resource for the Milwaukee metropolitan area and beyond.
Please join us for an evening of spectacular music performed by this amazing ensemble. The concert is offered free to the public; a free-will offering will be received.
The ensemble will also perform the following evening, June 23 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2335 S Webster Ave, Green Bay.