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