A handbell choir from the University of Southern Mississippi is performing at a Northwest church on Monday, July 13.

USM's Carillon Handbell Choir, guests for a 7:30 p.m. Monday concert at Casas Adobes Congregational United Church of Christ, 6801 N. Oracle Road, has developed a regional, national and international reputation, a release said.

The group has toured England, Bermuda, Germany, Japan, France, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Italy, and 21 states in the United States. It won first place in the Ruth Morse Handbell Competition sponsored by The National Federation of Music Clubs in May, 2007.

Director of Carillon is Larry D. Smith, who founded the bell choir in 1985.

Along with the concert at Casas Adobes, Carillon presents the opening concert for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers National Directors Seminar in Tucson in July.

The July 13 concert is open to the public. The church is on bus route 16, on the west side of Oracle between Orange Grove and Ina. There is no charge for the Casas Adobes Concert Series, although a free-will offering is taken.

Further information can be found on the University of Southern Mississippi home page, at http://www.usm.edu/music/studios_ensembles/carillon/home.php">www.usm.edu/music/studios_ensembles/carillon/home.php.

More information on Casas Adobes Congregational United Church of Christ is available at http://www.cacasadobesucc.org">www.cacasadobesucc.org, or by calling 297-1181. The church has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

If you go

University of Southern Mississippi Carillon Handbell Choir

Monday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.

Casas Adobes Congregational United Church of Christ

67801 N. Oracle Road

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