We Are Spartans

Actions

The bells of Beaumont Tower ring-in the summer

Posted: 4:35 PM, Jun 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-21 20:35:22Z
22nd annual carillon series begins July 4
22nd annual carillon series begins July 4
22nd annual carillon series begins July 4
22nd annual carillon series begins July 4
22nd annual carillon series begins July 4
22nd annual carillon series begins July 4

The 49 bells of the historic Beaumont Tower will be ringing with song for five consecutive Wednesdays this summer. With performances by expert carillonneurs from as far away as Belgium, the 22nd Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series is the perfect time to relax on a summer evening and enjoy the sounds of the Beaumont Tower carillon.

Presented by the MSU College of Music, each Wednesday from July 4 to August 1 at 6 p.m. brings an opportunity to enjoy the recognizable sounds of the bells in one of the most beautiful and historic places on campus. After each recital, the tower will be open for tours and a demonstration of the carillon.

Built in 1928 following a gift from John W. Beaumont, class of 1882, the John W. Beaumont Memorial Tower sits on the site of College Hall, the first building on the MSU campus and the first building in the United States devoted to teaching scientific agriculture. The carillon, which is housed inside the tower, is a musical instrument that consists of bells arranged chromatically, a keyboard with foot pedals, and an array of cables that connect the keys and pedals to the bells. With only 10 bells when originally constructed, it has grown to 49 bells in the past 90 years, creating an unforgettable depth and beauty in sound.

The carillon concerts are free and will occur rain or shine. The full schedule of concerts is below

 

Muelder Summer Carillon Series schedule

 

Wednesday, July 4

Ray McLellan, Michigan State University Carillonneur

 

Wednesday, July 11

Laurie Harkema, Okemos, Michigan Carillonneur

 

Wednesday, July 18

Joey Brink, University of Chicago, Illinois Carillonneur

 

Wednesday, July 25

Philippe Beullens, Leuven, Belgium Carillonneur

 

Wednesday, August 1

Andy Zhang, New Haven, Connecticut Carillonneur

 

For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.music.msu.edu/carillon

 

Source: PRESS RELEASE