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Annual carillon recital series runs four consecutive Tuesdays beginning July 8

Alfred village will be ringing to the tunes of yet another Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series hosted by Alfred University (AU) throughout the month of July.

Performances will begin Tuesday, July 8 and will continue every Tuesday thereafter at 7 p.m. Admission for each performance is free of charge and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn adjacent to the carillon during the recital. Performances will be held rain or shine, but if inclement weather persists, the nearby Howell Hall will be open to visitors.

This summer’s recital dates with featured carillonneurs and their programs are:

  • Tuesday, July 8 – Vera W. Brink, Salt Lake City, UT, who will play a mix of songs, including classic pieces by Beethoven and Bach, Mediterranean folk, and love songs.
  • Tuesday, July 15 – Tin-Shi Tam, Iowa State University, who will perform both American and Chinese folk songs.
  • Tuesday, July 22 – Laura Ellis, University of Florida, who will perform classic carillon songs as well as well-known tunes from Disney’s “Cinderella.”
  • Tuesday, July 29 – Klaas R. R. de Haan, the Netherlands, who will offer medleys from such famous soundtracks as “The Sound of Music” and popular classics featuring the likes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This summer’s first performer, Brink, began her carillon studies with Ellen Dickerson at Yale University in 2008. There she became a member of the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs, a student-run group that is responsible for ringing the bells on campus twice a day. The summer after her freshman year, Brink hosted and organized the Yale Carillon Summer Series. The following year, as a sophomore, she coordinated a nine-week teaching process for students. Brink is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.

The Wingate Memorial Carillon Recital Series is held in memory of Dr. Ray Winthrop Wingate, professor of music at AU for 56 years, and widely known carillonneur. He arranged more than 5,000 selections for the carillon during his time at AU and composed nine suites for the instrument.

The Davis Memorial Carillon, named after former AU president Boothe Colwell Davis, is a 47-bell instrument purchased by AU alumni in 1937. The carillon itself is made of a double row of rounded oak levers called batons, plus a pedal board tuned in the fifth octave. On the ground floor of AU’s carillon tower there is an informational display on the history of the instrument. Guests are welcome to climb the 69 steps to the top to enjoy the view and watch the guest artist in action.