Mardi Musicale du Grand Pontiac to present Bellissima! Handbell Ensemble – Daily Tribune

Le Mardi Musical du Grand Pontiac will present a program combined with the Bellissima! Handbell Ensemble under the direction of Judy Phillips and pianist Helen Bryant.

The public is invited to attend this event at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in Fellowship Hall at Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Road, Waterford Twp.

President Mary Ann LaMonte said the Rosamond Haeberle Special Prize nominees were so outstanding, the scores so close and since no prizes were awarded in 2021, it was decided to give a $4,000 Special Prize to Helen Bryant .

Bryant, a junior at the University of Michigan and student of Christopher Harding, is pursuing a double major in piano performance and historical musicology. Bryant participated in many competitions including the 18th Osaka International Competition held in Osaka, Japan and won 2nd place. She has won prestigious awards in competitions such as the Steinway Piano Competitions and has performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Community Symphony and the North Georgia Chamber Orchestra.

In 2019 and 2020, she was featured on NPR’s “From the Top.” She has studied privately and in masterclasses with artists such as Matti Raekallio, Boris Slutsky and Ursula Oppens and is an alumnus of the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Rebecca Penney’s Piano Festival.

Some of his main influences include extensive private studies with Yong Hi Moon and Julian Martin. Along with her college education, Bryant currently works as a research assistant for the University’s Gershwin Imitative and Critical Edition.

His evening program will include Joseph Haydn’s “Sonata in C major” and “Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, op. 90″. To conclude his program, Bryant will be joined by the Bellissima! Ensemble in “Ascension” by Kevin McChesney. After the program of Bellissima!, the public is invited to an afterglow. There is no charge for this evening but donations are always appreciated. For more information on the Mardi Musical du Grand Pontiac, visit

— Ruth Schluchter, Musical Tuesday of the Greater Pontiac

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