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Strikepoint handbell ensemble to perform in Pequot Lakes

Strikepoint, a church-based, community/professional handbell ensemble from Duluth, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium as part of the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts season.

Strikepoint will be performing for the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts Oct. 6 at Pequot Lakes High School.
Strikepoint will be performing for the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts Oct. 6 at Pequot Lakes High School.

Strikepoint, a church-based, community/professional handbell ensemble from Duluth, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium as part of the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts season.

Led by artistic director Bill Alexander, this 11-member group performs in a directorless ensemble setting. College students and community members have joined with selected ringers from the five bell choirs at Duluth's First United Methodist Church to provide a consistently high level of musicianship since Strikepoint began in 1984. Strikepointers are often high school students, and sometimes as young as 13.

Annual summer tours have taken the group throughout the continental United States as well as to England, Scotland, Wales, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Sweden and Hawaii. Strikepoint has been the featured performer at numerous area and national handbell festival conferences, as well as four national handbell directors' seminars.

Strikepoint rings six-plus octaves of bronze Schulmerich handbells, seven octaves of hand chimes, two octaves of Silver Melody Bells and three octaves of Petit and Fritzen handbells, along with a range of other instruments as needed.

Noted for capturing the enthusiasm of audiences with a dynamic style and accessible music, Strikepoint's concert selections can range from Bach to Lady Gaga and include music both familiar and new. Strikepoint's newest recording is "Reflections." It has been used by thousands for meditation, yoga and music therapy. Other available recordings include "Top Rung," a combination DVD with bonus CD, and four additional titles on CD. Strikepoint recordings have been featured on local, national and international broadcasts, and their social media posts have a large following.

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Tickets can be purchased online at www.glapa.org or by calling the box office at 218-568-9200.

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