SALT LAKE CITY -- The Bells on Temple Square will present "Bells in Motion" at 7:30 p.m. May 31 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
LeAnna Willmore, who has been the conductor of the Bells since June 2011, will be joined by associate conductor Larry Smith for the evening's performance.
"Seeing the Bells on Temple Square perform simultaneously captivates both ears and eyes," Willmore said in a recent church news release.
"It's magnificent to see the dance-like movements of arms and literally hear how all of the bells collaborate to make a unity of sound. Our theme, 'Bells in Motion,' alludes to these dual pleasures of sight and sound."
The concert will showcase a broad repertoire, ranging from "Allegro con moto," a fast, lively piece by Jason W. Krug, to the slow and beautiful "In paradisum" by Gabriel Faure, arranged by Arnold Sherman.
"Syncopated Clock" and "The Typewriter," two pieces from Leroy Anderson and arranged by Martha Lynn Thompson, are humorous simulations of the items in their title.
The evening will culminate with two familiar pieces: "You Raise Me Up," popularized by Josh Groban, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," which will showcase the impressive dexterity of Bells on Temple Square.
The Bells on Temple Square was organized in 2005 under the auspices of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Like the members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and Temple Square Chorale, the members of Bells on Temple Square are all volunteers.
These annual spring concerts have become enormously popular; last spring, all available tickets were distributed the first available day, the release states. To be sure to secure tickets, it's important to act fast.
Free tickets are available beginning Tuesday, with a limit of four per person. Tickets can be obtained at www.lds.org/events, by phone at 801-570-0080 or from the Conference Center ticket office.