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Carilloneur duo next up at Alfred University summer series

Alfred University hosts the Groningen Duo, carillonneurs of the Hemony carillon and the Martini tower in Groningen, Netherlands, on Tuesday, July 24, the third performance in the Wingate Summer Carillon Series.

The duo, Auke de Boer and Adolph Rots, have performed several recitals in Holland and have toured in Denmark, Belgium, France, and the United States.

This free recital starts at 7 p.m. and will include works by Bach, Copland, Mozart and Schubert.  The concert will be held rain or shine. Indoor seating will be available in Howell Hall in the event of rain.

De Boer studied carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School. Currently he is City Carillonneur, an organist in Dokkum, Groningen, and employed by Groningen State University and the city of Assen.

Rots studied organs, church music, and school music at the Utrecht Conservatory. He is currently is City Carillonneur in Appingedam, Veendam, Winschoten, and Groningen. Since 1983, he has been cantor/organist of the Nicolaikerk in Appingedam on the Hinsch organ. He teaches music pedagogy at the Hanze Hogeschool in Groningen. A member of various professional organizations, Rots has published a number of articles on bells and organs.

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 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.