September 29, 2003    




LINCOLN—On Saturday, Oct. 18, Union College will host a concert by Ring of Fire, a widely known youth handbell choir. The concert will take place at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church located on the corners of 48th and Prescott at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

            Ring of Fire derives its name from the group’s hometown in Hillsboro, Ore., a region known for its volcanic activity. Founded in 1997, the group has earned a reputation for outstanding excellence due to their unique, spirited style and their ability to perform their entire repertoire from memory. Their performance is an explosive combination of an energetic director, exuberant, intensely focused youth, and the brilliance of 61 bronze bells.

            The 13 members of Ring of Fire, ages 12 to 16, perform their fiery music in many diverse venues, including schools and churches, corporate functions, charity events, marathons, NBA basketball games, and on national and international television and radio. In 2001 the group performed at the Inauguration of President George W. Bush, playing at three official inaugural functions. In the fall of 2001, Ring of Fire shared their music in New York City and Washington D.C. after the events of Sept. 11, including a performance at the Pentagon with the United States Army Orchestra. They concluded their tour by performing in St. Patrick’s Cathedral for more than 6,000 people.

            In June 2003, the group toured Europe, performing their music in London, Paris, Geneva, Venice, Heidelberg and Düsseldorf.  

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