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Bells of the Bluffs Handbell Ensemble will bring its “Christmas Is a Season of Love” concerts to Cannon Falls and Red Wing in early December. A memorable slate of old favorites, new compositions and inspirational music will add meaning to the season.

These concerts are planned:

  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 3:00 p.m., St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 7459 State Highway 19, Cannon Falls.

  • Sunday, Dec. 4, 4:00 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 615 W. Fifth Street, Red Wing.

Bells of the Bluffs is celebrating 10 years of entertaining audiences across Minnesota and Wisconsin with a series of “Seasons of Love” anniversary concerts. Combining five octaves of handbells, chimes and a one-of-a-kind tubulum, the 11 members of Bells of the Bluffs will share their passion for handbells in these family friendly concerts. An array of guest musicians will add to the fun.

“Christmas is a special time of year, filled with memories and traditions that bring us together as families and communities,” said Marilee Anderson, musical director for Bells of the Bluffs. “We have chosen music for these concerts that combines traditional and contemporary tunes, bringing them to life in beautiful and unexpected ways. We know audiences will thoroughly enjoy these unique performances, whether they are very familiar with handbells or it’s a new experience for them.”

The concerts are free and open to the public; goodwill offerings will be taken to help offset costs. A fundraising silent auction will be held during the Red Wing concert.

Bells of the Bluffs is an auditioned regional handbell ensemble including ringers from communities across central and southeastern Minnesota to western Wisconsin. Learn more about the group and other concerts planned for the season at bellsofthebluffs.org.

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