The Capital Ringers' spring concert, “Bach to Rock!,” will tour to St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes on Saturday.

Afraid of being doomed by a dull weekend?

The Capital Ringers will bell you out with its concert “Bach to Rock!” The show will feature tunes from Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, along with contemporary artists, performed on handchimes and the largest set of handbells (at 134) on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Capital Ringers’ spring concert, “Bach to Rock!,” will tour to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes on Saturday.

Linda Simms, founder and artistic director of the Dover-based Ringers, discussed why handbells are cool, her favorite piece in the spring show and more.

Give us an overview of what we’ll hear in “Bach to Rock?”

The first thing is we’re doing a brief timeline of music, going from Bach to rock. The heaviest emphasis is going to be the rock music, because we’re going to be doing a lot of rock music like “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Dancing Queen,” “Good Vibrations,” things like that.

What’s your favorite arrangement from the show?

All of us are really leaning toward “Dancing Queen.” We have a percussionist with a drum set who’s playing a lot of the pieces with us. We’ve added a synthesizer to that one. It’s a fun piece to perform.

How did Mozart and Bach become famous?

Their formula for putting music together is fairly complicated, particularly with Bach, it’s very complicated. With Mozart, a lot of people have equated his music with being something that’s calming and has the Mozart effect, where it’s predominately used for children in a therapeutic setting. That could be a part of it. But I do not profess to be an expert on the popularity of composers.

What inspired you to start the Capital Ringers?

In 2004, I met with several ringers in the area. And I knew from discussing the possibility with different ringers that there were a number of people interested in doing something different. They rang handbells in their churches, but they were not being challenged. They liked the idea of being able to play pieces that were not always sacred. We could expand and do other kinds of repertories in other genres. So once we met, we formed a group and borrowed handbells from a church. We eventually bought our own and continued to grow the program.

What attracts you to the handbell?

It’s the sound of them. It’s something about bells that resonate in a lot of people. When you think about it, bells universally are used to: announce things; weddings; the tolling of someone’s passing; celebratory events; and the town crier rings a bell when you’re making an announcement.


WHEN 2:30 p.m., Saturday

WHERE St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 211 Mulberry St., Lewes

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