Strikepoint, Duluth’s premier handbell ensemble, will be performing at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 9 at St. Michael’s Church (4901 E. Superior St.) in Duluth. Admission is free but a $15 donation is suggested.
Considered one of the world’s top handbell ensembles, Strikepoint is a community/professional group based at First United Methodist Church in Duluth. The 11-member directorless ensemble is unique among touring handbell groups as not only a combination church/community ensemble but also a youth/adult group. Bill Alexander, a nationally known handbell clinician and conductor, is the leader of the ensemble.
Strikepoint was established in 1984 and has been touring annually since 1986. Travels have taken them to England, Scotland, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Canada, Hawaii and throughout the mainland U.S., with performances in four national capitals. They have performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Disney World in Florida, and both Disneyland and the Crystal Cathedral in California. In August 2016 they were cultural exchange ambassadors to Växjö, Duluth’s Swedish sister city, and were featured performers for that region’s Minnesota Days and Karl-Oskar Days celebrations.
Strikepoint is noted for capturing the enthusiasm of audiences with its dynamic style and accessible music. The sound of bells is often associated with the holiday season, and concert selections will include both familiar carols and new music. Among the comments most frequently heard after concerts, a favorite is, “If we’d known it was going to be this good, we would have brought all our friends.”