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AU announces guests for annual summer carillon recital series

Davis Memorial Carillon at Alfred University

Davis Memorial Carillon at Alfred University

Alfred University will once again offer a summer series of carillon performances for five weeks during the month of July and first week of August. The 2011 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:
• Monika Kazmierczak from Gdansk, Poland, July 5.
• Toru Takao from Dusseldorf, Germany, July 12.
• Karel Keldermans from Springfield, Ill., July 19.
• Gordon Slater from Ottawa, Canada, July 26
• Sharon Hettinger from Lawrence, Kan., August 2.

The first performer, Monika Kazmierczak, the city carillonneur of Gdansk, Poland, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in carillon from the Dutch Carillon School and has studied with Gert Oldenbeuving, Arie Abbenes, and Bernard Winsemius.

Her recital will include works by Bach, Mozart, Karlowicz, Szymanowski and others.

She took first and second place in two international carillon competitions and was a finalist of the Queen Fabiola competition. Kazmierczak has performed in Lithuania, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, and Belgium and is a teacher of carillon at the Music Academy in Gdansk.

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 5,00 selections for the carillon and composed nine suits. The Margaret Merrill and Ray W. Wingate Memorial Carillon Foundation fund the series.

The carillon at Alfred University is made of a double row of rounded oak levers, called batons (which are stuck 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.