Twin Cities Bronze concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Twin Cities Bronze Handbell Ensemble will host a concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, North St. Paul. The concert will be in the church sanctuary and is free and open to the public. There will be a free will offering to benefit the St. Mark’s Church Foundation.

Twin Cities Bronze is a talented, energetic handbell ensemble of advanced ringers from around the Twin City metro area. The group’s artistic and music director is Amy Maakestad, who is also the music director at St. Mark’s Church. The ensemble is distinctive among handbell groups for performing without a conductor. The group has performed extensively throughout the Twin Cities. Among their performance highlights, they have been featured guests with the Minnesota Orchestra at the Jingle Bell Doc concerts with Doc Severinsen, and they most recently traveled to Puerto Rico for a cultural residency exchange that included concerts, workshops and educational activities.

In addition to the entertaining, diverse repertoire, and the visually appealing performance style of the ensemble, part of the concert will feature music of Lutheran heritage in light of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The St. Mark’s Foundation’s mission is to carry God’s word forward through the giving of grants. Recent grants have supported community outreach, such as the Polar Back Pack Program which helps students at North High School; ministry education, with emphasis on seminary students who are from the St. Mark’s Church congregation and the interns who have served the congregation; and youth programs, such as the high school mission trips.

Following the concert, there will be refreshments in Rees Hall and a chance to chat with the performers.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is located at 2499 N. Helen Street, North St. Paul, across from North High School. More information is available on the church website at or by contacting the church office at 651-777-7451.


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