“Rethink Possible” Tour Schedule

Rethink Possible
SeminarLogo-2016Inspired by the exciting advances and ideas of performers and musicians both within and beyond the handbell world, and staying true to our own mission of exploration, Forté is testing boundaries, questioning conceptions, and challenging ourselves and the whole handbell world to Rethink Possible. As we tour to and from the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, we will be presenting performances of a broad range of musical styles, including many not often heard on our instrument.

After a pre-tour concert in the Denver area, we will begin our eastward leg with a send-off concert in Colorado Springs on Friday, July 8. In Rochester, we have the honor of playing a Feature Concert at the HMA National Seminar. After National Seminar, we will head back along a different route. Once we’ve returned home, we will have a Welcome Home concert in Colorado Springs and one final wrap-up concert in the Denver area.
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Forté releases “Carillon”

Forté proudly presents our latest music video, “Carillon,” by Kevin McChesney.

To see some pictures from the process, check out our post about the hike!

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“That’s Got Style” (with PPR and BotR)

"That's Got Style!"

Click to see the concert poster from PPR! (Does not include the BotR concert on 4/29.)

Forté will be sharing the stage with the Bells of the Rockies and the Pikes Peak Ringers at their upcoming concerts! The Bells of the Rockies will have a solo concert on April 29 in Broomfield; the Pikes Peak Ringers will have solo concerts on May 13 and 15 in Colorado Springs; and both choirs will join up for a combined concert on May 14 in Windsor. (Forté will be playing at all four of these concerts!)
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Forté presents “Crescendo”

Click the image to see our concert poster!

Click the image to see our concert poster!

A crescendo is a steady increase in force or intensity, and Forté is doing just that! Building on a foundation of favorites, and adding even more exciting and moving moments, we will bring you an evening of music and entertainment to refresh and inspire.

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Forté to play at HMA National Seminar!

HMA brochureWe’re proud (and excited) to announce that we’re going to be playing a feature concert at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Rochester, NY this summer! Our Feature Concert will be Friday, July 15, at 5:30 PM.

And we have to get ourselves and our equipment out there somehow… so we’re going on tour! Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for tour concert announcements and other updates.

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Handbell Brothers’ Blog Group Spotlight

In their most recent Group Spotlight post, the Handbell Brothers’ Blog featured the Forté Handbell Quartet!

In 2013 my brother Bryce and I set off across the country to participate in the Raleigh Ringers’ Virtuoso event. Along the way, we stopped by the beautiful mountain town of Colorado Springs to crash a Pikes Peak Youth Ringers concert. The kids sounded great, but what really struck me by surprise was a quartet that performed during the concert. Four ringers played “Sabre Dance” at full speed while adding a mind bending amount of choreography. The performance was fascinating to watch, and afterwards I had to go meet them. They introduced themselves as the Forté Handbell Quartet.

You can find the rest of the article HERE!

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Forté releases “Steam Train to Mallaig”

Forté is excited to announce a new music video to share with you! “Steam Train to Mallaig” is a Scottish piping piece by Mary-Ann MacKinnon, and we debuted our handbell cover of it at our concerts in August.

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PPR and Forté present “Christmas Time is Here”

Click the image to see the concert poster!

Click the image to see the concert poster!

Come join the Pikes Peak Ringers and the Forté Handbell Quartet for “Christmas Time is Here”, a concert featuring arrangements of traditional Christmas carols like Silent Night, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, as well as other fun arrangements like A Charlie Brown Christmas and You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. You don’t want to miss it!
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Forté Climbs a Mountain

On Saturday, September 19, we climbed a mountain in the name of handbells! This qualified as one of our crazier adventures (thus far). We chose one of our more mobile* pieces, “Carillon” by Kevin McChesney, to film in this epic location on the top of Mount Herman (near Monument, CO).

* “More mobile” means we only needed to bring one six-foot table, six feet of foam, a bell tree stand, one table cover, and an overnight hiking pack lovingly packed with 65 pounds of handbells. Fortunately, our awesome videographers helped us lug our equipment up the mountain in addition to their own.

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“New Beginnings” Fan Videos

For our “New Beginnings” concerts, we asked our audience to take pictures and videos of the concert to share with us and with their friends. Pictures and videos that were posted during the concerts were also eligible for prizes which we awarded near the end of each concert.

Here are some of those videos that were sent to us directly or posted to our Facebook page (or elsewhere on Facebook, if we could find it). Also be sure to look at some of the photos sent to us!

To see more videos and photos posted to our Facebook page,
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or Click Here if you are on mobile.

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