Musical Instrument Museum to host ‘Hear Them Ring’ event

The Handbell Choir performs (Submitted Photo).

Chimes and jingles will fill the halls at the Musical Instrument Museum at 4757 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix on Dec. 17 and 18 for “Hear Them Ring.”

This event will feature handbells, handpans, holiday treats at Café Allegro, gifts for purchase in the Museum Store, face painting and more.

On both Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18, Sylvain and Jill Paslier will perform peaceful melodies on handpans, a new type of musical instrument on which each note struck activates several overtones, giving the instruments their rich sound, according to a press release.

Event-goers can join the Bells of Paradise handbell choir for a heartwarming performance of their favorite seasonal songs on both days.

Additionally, visitors can drop in on a Brazilian drumming workshop on both days. Special guests Joe Goglia and Sam Peña will guide guests through the art of drumming and singing that will include agogo bells, the release states.

For Saturday only, the Mallet Masters will dive into the sounds of Zimbabwe on marimbas. This group of fourth and fifth graders from Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School in Chandler specializes in Zimbabwean-style pop music, according to a press release.

For Sunday, guests can experience the holiday jazz sounds from the students of the Union Jazz Institute from Paradise Valley Community College. The group will perform its favorite hits of the season, the release states.

Throughout the day, guests can stop by and try a tune on MIM’s set of handbells. Volunteer team members will guide guests through the simple steps of chiming on these fun instruments. Guests will also have the opportunity to create their own special handmade bell to take home. Café Allegro will also be serving some holiday treats.

For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit or call 480-478-6000.

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