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University again offers summer carillon recital series

Alfred University will one again offer a summer series of carillon performances during the month of July. The 2009 Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series will run on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. at the Davis Memorial Carillon on campus.

Admission is free and the performances go on rain or shine. Guests may sit on the lawn adjacent to the carillon. Feel free to bring along chairs and blankets to enhance your listening pleasure.

This summer’s featured carillonneurs and the dates of their programs are:
• Sue Bergren, assistant, Millennium Carillon, Naperville, IL, July 7
• Dennis Curry, Kirk inn the Hills Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI, July 14
• Laura Ellis, University of Florida School of Music, Gainesville, July 21
• Jeremy Chesman, Missouri State, Springfield, MO, July 28

Bergren opens the series with an evening full of a wide range of pieces from Mozart to folk songs to ballads and marches. Her selections include
— “Concerto Gross I” by Barnes
— “Prelude and Pastorale” by Courter
— “Variations on a Theme by Mozart”, Mauro Giuliani
— “Autumn Reverie,” Geoffrey Cook
— Folk Songs: “Scottish Fantasy,” “Cecilia” (with variations); “A Shaker Melody” (“Simple Gifts”), Courter, Doug Gefvert
— “Where Cool Waters Run …”, John Knox
— “Moonlight Malaguena,” Karel Keldermans
— “Suite in Popular Style for Carillon”: Ragtime Bells, Ballad, Blues for Bells, The Winners’ March, by Courter

Bergren studied carillon with Wylie Crawford and Karel Kelderman, and became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) in 2004. She currently serves the Guild as co-editor for Carillon News the GCNA’s newsletter, and recently became owner of American Carillon Music Editions (ACME), a publishing company of carillon music.

She has a master’s degree in organ performance from Northern Illinois University and has served as music director and organist for several churches in the Naperville area. She is active as a carillon recitalist, having been a guest recitalist in the International Carillon Festival at the Rees Memorial Carillon, and has given recitals in Illinois, Missouri, and Michigan. She plays regularly on the Naperville Millennium Carillon and gives biweekly recitals on the Rockefeller Memorial Carillon.

The Wingate Memorial Carillon Recital Series honors Dr. Ray Winthrop Wingate (1886-1968), who was a professor of music at Alfred University for 56 years. After the installation of the bells in 1937, he was appointed the University carillonneur and continued in the position until his death. He arranged more than 5,000 selections for the carillon and composed nine suites. The Margaret Merrill and Ray W. Wingate Memorial Carillon Foundation funds the series.

The carillon at Alfred University is made of a double row of rounded oak levers, called batons (which are struck with loosely clenched fists), with a pedal board (octave and a fifth). The ground floor display by the carillon has information on its history. Guests are welcome to climb the 69 steps to the top to enjoy the view and watch the guest artists at work.