Dec. 18th 2019
Knitting Factory Entertainment presents the new holiday rock opera The Bell Ringer is coming to The Nampa Civic Center. The show features members Jody Ashworth and Valerie Vigoda, and delivers a powerful and inspiring experience combing anthemic rock music with poignant storytelling. The Bell Ringer is the debut album from progressive rock band Symphony North, and it relates a story that builds on the ideas of selflessness and self-worth, employing the talents of musicians hailing from as far as Sweden, Spain, Russia, and Turkey. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
The Bell Ringer composer and producer, Peter Orullian, is a published novelist (Tor Books), and has a forthcoming collaboration with #1 New York Times best-selling writer Brandon Sanderson. He is also a former front man for legendary Seattle bands Heir Apparent and Fifth Angel. With a lifelong love of the Holidays, Orullian began in 1987 to conceive a record that would combine his three passions—storytelling, symphonic rock, and Christmas.
“While I wanted to write songs that stood on their own,” says Orullian, “I also wanted the album to have a real narrative arc, start to finish, with characters we could relate to and cheer for as they change, grow and learn that the best gift is the gift you give of yourself.” Years later, in a chance meeting, he received words of personal encouragement from Paul O’Neill—who told Orullian the world needs more Christmas stories and Christmas music, and encouraged him to get his record done.
Featured artists on The Bell Ringer album also include Tim Hockenberry (an America’s Got Talent semi-finalist) and Michael Lanning, as well as Dream Theater members James Labrie and Jordan Rudess (voted by Radar Music Magazine as the Best Keyboardist of All Time).