Finger Lakes Bronze Handbell Ensemble presents world renowned music ensemble Campanile and their new multi-media production, “Rites of Sound — A Mystic Vision,” Oct. 23 at the Smith Opera House. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for students and senior citizens.
A celebration of diversity in music, dance, theater and spoken word, a Campanile show is a unique experience that draws inspiration from productions like Stomp, Riverdance, and Cirque du Soleil. In “Rites of Sound,” eight performers tell the ancient tale of Lahat, who is cast out of the One Village, travels the world, and brings music back to his people. The show is packed with bright costumes, dancing, and a plethora of instruments: 61 bells, 32 chimes, electric bass, acoustic guitar, oboe, flute, saxophone, recorders, electric violin, v-drums, ethnic percussion, keyboards, voice, English horn, and even didgeridoo! The performers create a constant swirl of changing instrumentation, dance, and storytelling.
Unlike traditional music ensembles, particularly in the field of handbells, Campanile operates much like workshop theatre, blending the creative visions of its partners, rather than the vision of a single artistic director. It is the combined talents of its partners that has allowed Campanile to break the bonds of traditional ringing, and to create a completely new form of musical theatre.
Campanile has five recordings and two videos, as well as publications of special arrangements and original works available through Above the Line Records. Their last album, “Nocturnal Journeys,” debuted in the top ten of the New Age Voice international airplay charts.
This event is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program which is administered locally by Finger Lakes Arts Grants and Services, Inc. Some of the proceeds from the “Rites of Sound” tour will benefit the Heifer Project and the Synergetic Percussion Artists Resource Foundation.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE to purchase tickets or for additional information.