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AU carillon site of third concert in summer series
7/11/11

Alfred University hosts Karel Keldermans of Springfield, Ill. on Tuesday, July 19, the third performer in the Wingate Summer Carillon Series. One of the pre-eminent carillonneurs in North America, Keldermans has performed concerts around the world for the past 30 years.

This free recital starts at 7 p.m. and will include works by Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Keldermans, Mancini (“Moon River”), and Barnes.

The recital will be held rain or shine. Indoor seating will be available in Howell Hall in the event of rain.

Keldermans, the full-time carillonneur for the Springfield Park District for 35 years, has also been the director of the International Carillon Festival. He has released six solo carillon CDs and a guitar CD with Belgian guitarist Wim Brioen.

He studied at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium and the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in carillon performance and campanology.

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.