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Margaret Pan to deliver third concert in Wingate Summer Carillon Recital Series

Alfred University | 7/16/19

Margaret Pan
Margaret Pan

Margaret Pan will perform in the 2019 Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series at Alfred University on Tuesday, July 23.

ALFRED, NY – Margaret Pan will perform in the 2019 Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series at Alfred University on Tuesday, July 23.

Pan’s performance, at 7 p.m., is the third of four scheduled for Tuesdays in July at Alfred University’s Davis Memorial Carillon. It is free and open to the public.

Her program will include arrangements of works by classical musician Johann Sebastian Bach (“Air from Orchestral Suite III”); American composers Stephen Sondheim (“Show Tunes From the 70s” and “Send in the Clowns”), and Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher (“The Rainbow Connection”); and Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen (“Hallelujah”).

Pan began studying carillon in 2007 with Robin Austin at Princeton University and passed the carillonneur's exam of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) in 2008. She graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium in 2012 as a student of Eddy Marien, Koen Cosaert, and Erik Vandevoort, and spent autumn 2015 as carillon fellow with Geert D'hollander at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida.

Currently, Pan is a freelance carillonneur in the Boston area; she practices and plays regularly at Cohasset and Norwood. She has played recitals across the United States, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, including at the 2013 International Carillon Festival in Springfield, IL, and the 2014 GCNA congress in Denver, CO. Margaret won first and second prizes respectively at international carillon competitions in Springfield, IL (2017), and Groningen, the Netherlands (2012). She also serves as juror on the GCNA exam committee.

Pan holds physics and astrophysics degrees from MIT and Caltech, and is now at MIT conducting research on planetary dynamics and planet formation in our and other solar systems.

 One other carillonneur will perform during the 2019 Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series: Geert D’hollander on July 30, beginning at 7 p.m.

Alfred University’s Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series honors the first University carillonneur, Dr. Ray Wingate, professor of organ, who served as carillonneur from the arrival of the first 35 bells on campus in 1937 until his death in 1968. More than 20 additional bells were added over the years, some replacing original bells, and a new keyboard was installed in 1953, covering four octaves from C to C. Pedals span one octave, plus a musical fifth. The original tower on which the bells were hung was an oil derrick, hearkening back to the days when the Alfred and Wellsville areas were part of the northeast oil and gas fields mined for carbon-based fuels.  The current steel tower was built in 1953, and modified in 1980.

The Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series is generously funded by the Margaret Merrill and Ray Winthrop Wingate Memorial Carillon Foundation. The summer series was created by the late Margaret “Peggy” Wingate Rase to recognize and honor her parents’ love of carillons and their dedication to the Davis Memorial Carillon.

Concerts are held rain or shine and guests are advised to bring folding chairs and warm clothes. The opening concert July 9 is being held as part of the Sixth Annual MostArts Festival hosted by Alfred University.

Hostess for the Carillon Recital Series is Laurel Buckwalter, Alfred University carillonneur emerita, who will be available to answer questions about the carillon. Guests are also welcome to climb the 69 steps to the top of the carillon, enjoy the view, and watch the guest artists perform.