The historic tower bells of Montpelier's Trinity United Methodist Church will again be heard on "leaf peeper" weekends this year. Half-hour recitals will begin at 3:58 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 28 & 29, Oct. 5 & 6, and Oct. 12 & 13, weather permitting.
Programs will be available at the front door of the church.
Michael Loris will play the unrestored 1908 McShane chime of ten bells (the only completely original tower bell instrument in Vermont), and the matching 1872 bass bell (or bourdon), one of the heaviest bells in the Green Mountain State (2,552 lb.).
The eleven untuned bronze bells weigh more than five tons, and are played by hand.
The diatonic chime is entirely mechanical, and was designed for the keys of C major and F major:
Bb B C D E F G A B C D
Additional tower bell recitals planned for 2019 include Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and for the ninth consecutive year, the Advent and Christmas seasons.