MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OHIO - You are invited to hear nationally renowned solo handbell ringer Kathie Fink in concert at Epiphany United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 11 at 7:15 PM.
The concert is part of a ten state Midwestern Tour entitled “A Legacy Remembered”. The program is a tribute to Kathie’s father, Larry Fink Sr, who along with his wife and children pioneered the earliest forms of handbell ensemble ringing in the United States. The family, known as the Fink Family Handbell Ringers made history in the handbell world as they appeared on television and toured the country in the 1960’s. Fink blends her own music with a presentation, of video clips of her family (Father, Mother, siblings) playing at various venues in the 1960s. Click here to see one of the vintage video clips.
Larry and Wilma Fink both received their college degrees at Greenville College in Illinois. Later, Larry pursued an advanced degree in music education at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey and was introduced to English handbells while teaching at Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, New York. He ordered his first set of White Chapel Handbells from London in the late ‘50s. From that point on, handbells became an intricate part of the Fink Family lives.
The Finks moved to Seattle in 1961. Larry Fink was asked by the Council of Churches to demonstrate and teach handbells to children at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. This created such interest that he began teaching full time in the public school music system using handbells. He also organized a senior citizen bell choir and continued to arrange music for his family of four children. Summers from 1961-66 were spent touring across the United States with their handbells.
Kathie Fink recently retired from probation work in California and moved to Kentucky in August 2007. She is the mother of two adult children. When not "on the road," Kathie calls Burlington, Kentucky "home."
Everyone loved it. Even those who have nothing to do with handbells remarked on the interesting history segments. And, of course, they were all amazed at Kathie's talent. Favorite expression was, "How does she remember where all the bells are so she can pick up the right one?" I have never seen an audience sit so quietly mesmerized by music and musician. She received a standing ovation. If this tour comes anywhere near you, don't miss it. It was a great Sunday afternoon. -Marcy Hontz, Scottsdale, AZ
Epiphany is located at 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Rd. A free will offering will be taken.