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Dutch carillonneur to present final Windgate summer series recital

Alfred University (AU) will host Klaas R. R. de Haan of The Netherlands, on Tuesday, July 29, in the fourth and final performance of this year’s Wingate Summer Carillon Recital Series.

This free recital begins at 7 p.m., and will include several self-arranged selections, songs by famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and medleys from “The Sound of Music” and “Annie, Get Your Gun.”

The recital will be held rain or shine. If inclement weather persists, Howell Hall will be open for indoor seating.

De Haan is a carillonneur in Laren, Rhenen, Bolsward, Slotermeer/Amsterdam, and Heerenveen. He is also the cantor-organist of the Morgenster-Church in Hilversum. He gives concerts in Europe and the United States and composes modern music for the carillon.

De Haan studied organ at the Utrecht Conservatory and earned a master’s degree from the Dutch Carillon School, where he studied with well-known carillonneurs Arie Abbenes and Bernard Winsemius, and the late Todd Fair.

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

The carillon at AU is made of a double row of rounded oak levers, called batons, with a pedal board of an 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 artist at work.