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MACH's Past Performances

  • Ring out the bells, Christmas music is in the air! A Festive Christmas! delighted audiences with a variety of Christmas carols and styles of music, incorporating vocals, keyboard and percussion to spread the good news of the season.
    December 2012 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH brought the hits to Sinsinawa Mound! From Beethoven to Rodgers & Hammerstein to Enya, there was something for everyone at our Ringin’ & Singin’ the Hits! concert.
    Spring 2012 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH brought back the theme with Jingle Bell Jazz... and More II! An inspiring mix of traditional carols and more modern songs of the season brought the Christmas spirit to concert-goers.
    December 2011 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH invited our audiences to join us for a grand old time reminiscing and enjoying some great American music. From folk songs, spirituals, and American hymn tunes to Broadway tunes, patriotic faorites, and sounds from the big band era... Americana Celebration had it all!
    Spring 2011 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH rang in the holidays with Jingle Bell Jazz... and More! From the classical to the jazzy, we celebrated the season in style.
    December 2010 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH's 2010 star-studded spring concert, Ringing With the Stars, featured celebrity composers as well as star-themed selections. From Mozart to Dobrinski, from When You Wish Upon a Star to the Stars and Stripes Forever, it was a sparkling line-up!
    Spring 2010 Concert Repertoire
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  • The holiday season provides many wonderful gifts: the Babe in the manger, family gatherings, and the fulfillment of wishes. MACH's 2009 holiday concert, Gifts of the Season, featured delightful music to fit every resulting mood, from ethereal to exuberant.
    December 2009 Concert Repertoire
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  • In Spring 2009, MACH's audiences enjoyed an exploration of changing musical syles from the Baroque & Beyond! Together we toured the musical landscape with an exciting extravaganza of great music from classical masterworks to favorite standards.
    Spring 2009 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH's Glories of Christmas holiday concerts featured well-known "Gloria" choruses and other glorious representations of the season! We also had the privilege of joining the Madison Symphony and other area performers for the annual Christmas Spectacular at the Overture Center.
    December 2008 Concert Repertoire
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  • In Spring 2008, MACH presented Clapper Classics, with "clapper" referring to the part of the handbell that strikes the bell casting when rung, and "classics" describing the selection of music representing classical favorites, beloved hymns, patriotic selections, and more.
    Spring 2008 Concert Repertoire
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  • Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say, "Throw cares away!" MACH entertained audiences in December 2007 with Carols of the Bells, a celebration of holiday tunes in arrangements old and new, complete with harp and flute and organ (and cuckoo and plastic trumpet!)
    December 2007 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH's 10th Anniversary Concert for May 2007 presented an evening full of Magical Memories, such as When You Wish Upon a Star, The Swan, The Russian Sailors' Dance, a medley of Gilbert and Sullivan songs, and Bach's famous Toccata in D Minor that graced Disney's movie Fantasia. The program opened by making new memories, with an exciting piece called MACH 10!, commissioned from Hart Morris in celebration of MACH's tenth anniversary.
    May 2007 Concert Repertoire
    Hear sample song clips and order the Magical Memories CD
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  • To celebrate our 10th anniversary year, MACH presented Best of Bells of Christmas, which included For Unto Us A Child is Born, Feliz Navidad, Danse Russe Trepak, Blue Christmas and a host of other favorites from past holiday concerts.
    December 2006 Concert Repertoire
    Hear sample song clips and order the Best of Bells of Christmas CD
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  • For the May 2006 concert, MACH invited our listeners to experience a Picnic in the Park. The music drew the audience into a stroll past flora and fauna, followed by a sudden change in the weather. The Maple Leaf Rag, Carousel Waltz, Mississippi Mud, Finale from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, and Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks were among an array of pieces aimed at entertaining the entire family!
    May 2006 Concert Repertoire
    Hear sample song clips and order the Picnic in the Park CD
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  • MACH's 2005 Christmas audiences were treated to the melodious sounds of over six octaves of handbells and seven octaves of handchimes playing holiday favorites in new, exciting arrangements. Vocalists and other guest artists plus audience-participation caroling... We all rang in the season with joy!
    December 2005 Concert Repertoire
    Hear sample song clips and order the Bells of Christmas (2005) CD
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  • For Whom the Bells Toll. In May 2005, as a take-off on a quote from John Donne ("Never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee"), MACH assembled an array of pieces known by their characters' names -- or the names of their composers. The audience enjoyed music ranging from songs in the popular movie Aladdin to tunes by Cole Porter and John Williams, as well as Misty, the William Tell Overture, the Overture to Figaro, the Overture to Tancredi, and a favorite march of Barnum and Bailey's circus -- and that was only half of the evening's memorable and exciting melodies!
    May 2005 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH "rang in" the first weekend of December with another Christmas Spectacular collaboration, with the Madison Symphony Orchestra at the Overture Center. The following weekend was filled with the Bells of Christmas, as MACH presented its festive tradition of an all-new holiday concert program, for the eighth consecutive year.
    December 2004 Concert Repertoire
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  • In May of 2004, MACH took the audiences on a musical journey around the world with EXCURSIONS! Our listeners could visit distant lands through their characteristic tunes and rhythms without having to do all that packing and unpacking: the Caribbean islands, Ireland, England, Africa, Russia, and Japan, to mention only a few. Performances were preceded by gala dinners at the University Club and Imperial Garden.
    May 2004 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH began the 2003 holiday season with a well-received appearance in the Madison Symphony Orchestra's "Christmas Spectacular" December 6 and 7. MACH's four collaborations with the orchestra included: Ukrainian Bell Carol by Leontovych, arr. by Morden; Joyous Noel by Amundson; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear by Willis, arranged by Bartsch; and Sing We Now of Christmas arranged by Bass as an audience sing-along. In addition, MACH played a solo piece, Nutcracker Medley by Tchaikovsky, arranged by McChesney. MACH's seventh annual Bells of Christmas concert offered a sumptuous array of carol-filled holiday sounds. Vocalists, percussionists, a harpist and an organist accompanied the bells and chimes on various selections, and the finale of the show featured Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers," with returning MACH alumni offering counter melodies to the main group's performance.
    December 2003 Concert Repertoire
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  • Give our regards to Broadway! Razzle-dazzle from beginning to end, MACH's Spring 2003 concert SHOWTIME! entertained the crowd with well-loved themes from movies, musicals, and opera. Singers, percussion and keyboards helped make every moment count. MACH performed "SHOWTIME!" twice in Madison and once in Portage.
    Spring 2003 Concert Repertoire
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  • December 2002 brought the sixth year of The Bells of Christmas, with six full-choir performances, several additional ensemble performances, and great attendance and enthusiasm from the audience, particularly at our two ticketed concerts. Singers, harp, and a variety of percussion augmented the holiday ringing cheer.
    December 2002 Concert Repertoire

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  • MACH had audiences tapping their toes with the Spring 2002 concert, Dancing Bells. From samba to polka, from boogie-woogie to a Russian sabre dance, the concert was packed with dancing delights. MACH performed May 3 and 4 in Madison; May 18 in Brookfield, WI; and June 27 in La Crosse, WI, as the opening concert for the AGEHR Area VII Festival Conference.
    Spring 2002 Concert Repertoire

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  • December 2001 brought a milestone in MACH's 5th Annual Bells of Christmas concert. We performed December 8 and 9, featuring arrangements of holiday music from at home and abroad, including two pieces by Madison's own Jeanne Warzyn. In addition to six octaves of handbells and five of chimes, the concert was complemented by harp, trombone, flute, percussion, clarinet, and vocals.
    December 2001 Concert Repertoire

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  • MACH opened the Spring 2001 concert series in an exciting "new" venue, as one of the first groups to perform at the newly-restored Stoughton Opera House on Sunday April 22. Further Madison concerts were held on May 5 and May 6, with additional performances at several retirement homes. The spring theme was All Creation Rings, celebrating creation from light, air, water, to plants and animals and people! The concert showcased six octaves of handbells, complemented by handchimes, organ, and a wide variety of percussion -- from a snare drum to a referee's whistle.
    Spring 2001 Concert Repertoire

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  • The 2000 holiday season began with a special treat -- MACH performed at the Civic Center with the Madison Symphony Orchestra for the Heartwarming Holiday Extravaganza, December 2nd and 3rd. We performed Go Tell it On the Mountain with 'Troika' from the Lieutenant Kije Suite, arranged by Linda McKechnie; Shepherd's Mosaic by John Bartsch; and Up on the Housetop arranged by Arnold Sherman. Our full-length Bells of Christmas concerts were held on Saturday December 9 at Asbury United Methodist Church, and Sunday December 10 at St. Bernard Catholic Church. The concert featured violin, harp, chimes, organ, percussion, glass windchimes, and caroling (by choir and audience both)! Excellent attendance and much holiday cheer made these concerts a joyful time for all.
    December 2000 Concert Repertoire
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  • MACH's Spring 2000 concert, A Handbell Odyssey, was performed May 14 and May 20, 2000. (3:00 pm on Sunday, May 14, at Christ Presbyterian Church and 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 20, at Asbury United Methodist Church). MACH also did a special performance for the Walnut Hill Bible Church concert series in Baraboo, WI, at 6:00 pm on May 7. The church was planning to begin a handbell program of their own, so the performance was designed to instruct and inspire potential ringers and supporters of their program.
    Spring 2000 Concert Repertoire
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  • Our 1999 holiday concert The Bells of Christmas!, was performed Saturday, December 11, at Asbury Church, and Sunday, December 12, at St. Bernard Catholic Church. The concert featured many traditional Christmas songs and works by such composers as Bach, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky, as well as creative arrangements of holiday songs by contemporary composers. There was something for everyone, including 6-octaves of handbells, ensembles, percussion, harp, chimes, and audience participation in caroling.
    December 1999 Concert Repertoire
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  • Our 1999 Spring concert, Spring Rhapsody, was performed Saturday, April 24, 1999 at 7:30 pm, at Asbury Church. A variety of music styles were performed by the full six-octave choir and smaller ensembles.
    Spring 1999 Concert Repertoire
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  • Our 1998 holiday concert, The Bells of Christmas, was performed Saturday, December 12, 1998, at Asbury Church, and Sunday, December 13, 1998, at Christ Presbyterian Church. The performance featured holiday songs and other music, both traditional and contemporary, performed by eighteen MACH members as a full (thirteen-position) choir and smaller ensembles, using 6 octaves of Malmark handbells and 4 octaves of Choirchimes® with organ, flute, and percussion accompaniment.
    December 1998 Concert Repertoire

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  • During 1998/1999, we also performed at Oakwood Village, at the Madison Downtown Rotary Club, at Madison Mennonite Church, prior to the Capitol Pageant at the Monona Terrace, at the Madison Club, live on WHA radio show, and at the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser at Esquire Theatre ("It's a Wonderful Life"). Music from our concert recording of last year was played on WERN radio.
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  • In its first year (1997/1998), MACH gave two major concerts and performed at the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial celebration on the Capitol Square, the Monona Terrace, two nursing homes, a Shriner's dinner at the Madison Club, a wedding, and an anniversary celebration. Our Spring 1998 concert featuring Music of the Spheres was Sunday, April 26, 1998, 7:00 pm. The performance, celebrating musical styles from all over the world and right here at home, was performed in space generously provided by Asbury Church, Madison, WI. This was our second full-length public concert performed by seventeen MACH members as a full (thirteen-position) choir and smaller ensembles, using 5 1/2 octaves of Malmark handbells (our thanks to AGAPE Ringers for lending the bass half of the sixth octave for our use in this concert!) and 4-octaves of Choirchimes® with organ, piano, harp, flute, piccolo, and percussion accompaniment and other surprises.
    Spring 1998 Concert Repertoire
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  • In addition to several private performances, we performed our first Bells of Christmas holiday concert for a standing-room-only audience of about 400 people on Saturday, December 13, 1997, at 7:30pm, at Asbury Church in Madison, Wisconsin. This was our first full-length concert, featuring holiday songs, both traditional and contemporary, performed by fifteen MACH members as a full (thirteen-position) choir and two smaller ensembles, using 5 1/2 octaves of Malmark handbells and Choirchimes® with percussion, organ, and French horn accompaniment.
    December 1997 Concert Repertoire
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--B. O., Madison singer

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