Join us for an afternoon of joyful music. If you have never experienced the beautiful music of our Handbell Choir- you are missing a wonderful concert! The addition of the Children's Choir performing and Jake & Sara, Saxophone Duo will add another dimension to an already not-to-be-missed afternoon! A $5 donation is requested.
Westminster Presbyterian Handbell Choir was one of the first American handbell choirs, with the first handbell performance December 13, 1953 at the Annual Christmas Candlelight Carol Service. Today, the Handbell Choir includes 15 ringers ranging in age from college to advanced retired status. In the ensemble are students, administrators, music teachers, language and special education teachers, college professors, drama diva, housewife, one member of the original Westminster Handbell Ensemble, and three doctorates. The ensemble has a two octave and three-octave set of Whitechapel handbells, and five-octave sets of Schulmerich handbells and chimes. The Westminster Handbell Choir has an impressive list of unique concerts with such groups as Lancaster Carnival Steel Orchestra, Orchard Park African Drumming Ensemble and Middle School Chorus, SUNY Fredonia University Chorus, the Third Presbyterian Handbell Choir of Rochester, NY, 12/8 Path Street Band, and the Buffalo Contemporary Gospel Choir.
Saxophonists Jacob Swanson and Sarah Marchitelli began performing together at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Throughout their formal education, the two performed in mixed chamber ensembles and saxophone quartets. As members of the Erie Saxophone Quartet they performed over 120 concerts and won SUNY Fredonia's concerto competition in 2009. In 2011 they began a more serious duo collaboration called Jake & Sarah with a recital in New York City. The two have performed together throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe.
Jake & Sarah have been committed to exploring the current repertoire for saxophone duo, transcriptions, and new pieces written specifically for them. In the past year Jake & Sarah have worked with composers Kate Parker, Michael McGough, Tim Bausch, Dan Knorr and Frank Zabel to create new works for two saxophones - some with electronic medium.