Premiere of “Sky Bells” April 24th by Henderson Symphony Orchestra

  • “Sky Bells” – Jennifer Bellor
  • “Becoming Another” – Huang Ruo
  • “Symphony No. 6” – Beethoven

Saturday, April 24, 2021 – 8PM PST

Water Street Plaza, Henderson,

The Henderson Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Alexandra Arrieche, commissioned me to write Sky Bells. For more information about the work, please click HERE

Program note:

My inspiration comes from many places, visual elements related to memories, dreams, art, animation, even poetry.  Sky Bells was inspired by a hike I took on the Cathedral Lake Trail in Aspen, Colorado. I remember the blue lake sparkling in the sunlight enclosed by the mountains.  I went back to a piece I had written in 2009 about this hike, Celestial Surroundings for brass, pipe organ and percussion, and found even more inspiration to build upon my original composition. The initial brass theme from Celestial Surroundings gave life to this work which I called Sky Bells.

This piece shows something vast and unchanging juxtaposed against the tumultuousness of passing time. Imagine a large gothic cathedral on top of clouds, bells ringing, remaining firm and rooted. Yet, as time passes, light turns to darkness and back to light, everything in the periphery grows and dies and continues the same cycle, but the cathedral remains unaffected and the bells keep ringing.

Time’s Arrest – Music Video – Music Painting

Check out this beautiful music video! Visual Artists Inka Hannula and Teemu Raudaskoski produced this artwork in reaction to the miniature version of my piece “Time’s Arrest” performed by Niko Ronimus. 

Niko gave the Finnish premiere of the piece in Nokia back in October, and then he introduced me to Inka and Teemu (from Tampere, Finland) over a Zoom meeting earlier this year. We all talked about how this pandemic has been motivating us to explore new collaborations, and this gorgeous art work they created, which interprets both my music and Niko’s performance of it, is an example. I hope we collaborate again on new projects, and can’t wait to travel to Finland at some point in the future to meet them in person!

Clocks in Motion – new recording project!

Clocks in Motion percussion quartet and I will be producing a new album in 2021, and we need your support! The album will feature all original music I composed for Clocks in Motion as their resident composer.

HERE is a link to the campaign if you would like to support our recording project!

Clocks in Motion Percussion quartet and I are producing an album in 2021 and we’d love your support! 🎶🥰 The album will…

Posted by Jennifer Bellor on Sunday, December 13, 2020

Nextet new music Podcast Episodes – Composer Spotlight and Cross-Genre music

The Nextet New Music series at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, released a podcast episode : Composer Spotlight featuring Jennifer Bellor:

On this episode co-hosted by Diego Vega and Zoe Conrad, I’m asked about my musical background and talk about current projects. Check it out! Zoe and I are also wearing Halloween costumes, since this episode was released the week of Halloween.

Another Nextet new music podcast episode released early November featured various Nextet team members in discussions related to Cross-genre music. Micaela Nielson (violist) and I are featured in the first conversation on this episode:

A Song of Flight feat. the Heartland Marimba Orchestra

“A Song of Flight” performed by the Heartland Marimba Orchestra 🎶

Heartland Marimba arranged my song for soprano and piano to feature eleven performers (marimba, vibraphone, and glockenspiel). This was such a cool experience for me to hear this song reinvented by this group, and it has inspired me to think about how many more of my songs that can be adapted to fit a variety of instrumentations.

The performance features: Chad Beebe, Jaime Esposito, Josh Fulford, Hunter Gross, Tyler Marvin, Joe Millea, Jordan Nielsen, Ryan Pearson, Alyssa Resh, Matt Silverberg, and Lauren Teel.

Sky Bells (2020) – Orchestra or Wind Ensemble – Flexible Instrumentation

Sky Bells (2020)

for orchestra

Duration: 8 1/2 minutes

2 Flutes – 1 Oboe – 1 English Horn – 1 Clarinet in Bb – *1 Bass Clarinet – 2 Bassoon – 4 Horn in F – 2 Trumpet in C – 2 Trombone – 1 Bass Trombone – 1 Tuba – Timpani – *Percussion – Harp – Piano – Full Strings

Flexible Instrumentation:

*Second clarinet in Bb part available in lieu of bass clarinet

* If 3 percussionists are not available, there is a part available for 1 percussionist.

Click HERE to view the score.

MIDI realization

Sky Bells was commissioned by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alexandra Arrieche for premiere on their 2021 concert season.

There is also a version available for wind orchestra.:

for wind orchestra

Duration: 8 1/2 minutes

Wind Orchestra Instrumentation (same as wind ensemble plus harp and double bass):

Two Flutes – One Oboe – One English Horn – Two Bassoons – One Contrabassoon (optional) – Three Clarinets in Bb – One Bass Clarinet – One Contrabass Clarinet (optional) – One Soprano Saxophone – One Alto Saxophone – One Tenor Saxophone – One Baritone Saxophone – Three Trumpets in Bb – Four Horns – Two Trombones – One Bass Trombone – One Euphonium – Tuba – Double Bass (optional) – Harp (optional) – Piano – Timpani – Three Percussion

Click HERE to view the score.

MIDI realization

Celestial Surroundings for brass sextet, pipe organ, and percussion – new version now available

Here is the newly revised version of my composition Celestial Surroundings.

3 Trumpets in C, 1 Horn in F, 2 Trombones, *Percussion, Pipe Organ

*Optional percussion: The percussion part is optional, and all or some of the part can be played given the availability of the following instruments:

Tubular Bells, Suspended cymbal, Glockenspiel

Flexible instrumentation: Contact

MIDI demo with score of the new version:

Duration: 7 minutes

Celestial Surroundings (2009) was premiered by organist Nicole Marane and brass players from the Atlanta Symphony at Peachtree United Methodist church in Atlanta, GA February 8, 2009.

Here is a recording of the original version from the premiere: