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Geert D’hollander to give final performance in 2019 Wingate Summer Carillon Recital Series

Alfred University | 7/18/19

Geert D'hollander
Geert D'hollander

Geert D’hollander will give the final performance in the 2019 Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series at Alfred University on Tuesday, July 30.

ALFRED, NY – Geert D’hollander will give the final performance in the 2019 Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series at Alfred University on Tuesday, July 30.

D’hollander’s performance, at 7 p.m., is the fourth and final scheduled for Tuesdays in July at Alfred University’s Davis Memorial Carillon. It is free and open to the public.

His program will include arrangements of works by classical legends Frederic Chopin (“Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2”) and Edvard Grieg (“Anitra’s Dance”); American composers George Gershwin (“Oh, Lady be Good!” and “The Man I Love”), and Leonard Bernstein (“I Feel Pretty” (from The West Side Story)); and Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen (“Hallelujah”).

D’hollander was named the fourth full-time carillonneur at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL, in October 2012. He has studied, performed, taught, arranged and composed carillon music for more than 35 years. He has held permanent and guest teaching positions of carillon performance and composition at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, the Dutch Carillon School in Amersfoort and at the University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, both in The Netherlands. From 1997-99, D’hollander was the carillonneur and professor of carillon at the University of California at Berkeley.

He has made numerous carillon arrangements and composed more than 50 works for carillon, published world-wide. He was first prize winner in more than 30 international competitions for carillon or composition; was awarded the University of California Berkeley Medal for “Distinguished Service to the Carillon” and the prestigious Dutch “ANV-Visser Neerlandia Prize” with his carillon composition “Ciacona”. He frequently gives master classes in Europe and the United States and performs all over the world.

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.