"Bells" incorporated a beefed-up brass section, but it was the massive percussion arsenal---it overflowed onto the runway in front of the stage---that gave some patrons pause as they sought seats.------Indeed, a full drum kit, three glockenspiels, a brass gong, two sets of tubular bells, a marching band bass drum, several tambourines, a vibraphone, and a harp, a celesta and a car's brake drum, two hanging beams of construction steel and a full octave of 12 crotales pumped the percussion gang to Schwarzeneggerian size.
The third movement, however, was scary. Nerve-wracking for some. Like a muscle-bound Venice Beach weightlifter on a crazed steroid breakdown.
You could see the flames, hear the sirens, the screams, the panic the agony. It was ...alarming. Two small boys ran from the auditorium.