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For immediate release: June 13, 2003
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Carillon concert series kicks off 11th season
First Sunday concert begins June 22

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton University announces its 11th annual Summer Carillon Series beginning Sunday, June 22 through Sunday, Aug. 31, at Cleveland Tower on the historic Graduate College campus on Springdale Road.

The concerts, Sundays at 1 p.m. throughout the summer, will feature acclaimed guest carillonneurs from across the nation and Europe. They will perform on the University's renowned the Class of 1892 Bells, the fifth largest carillon in the country and one of the top ten in size worldwide. These musicians of exceptional talent and passion represent diverse backgrounds from full-time recitalists to weekend performers, including a family physician, a retired corporate executive, a cancer researcher, a Yale University political science student and a psychologist and book author who is also a Princeton alum.

"While our backgrounds are often quite different, carillonneurs share a love for bells and the carillon's extraordinary 500-year history," said Princeton University Carillonneur R. Robin Austin, who will open the new season performing the first recital. "Our guest carillonneurs always respond enthusiastically to our invitation to perform in the series because of Princeton's stature as the owner of one of the world's largest and finest carillons."

The carillon is a set of bronze bells played on a wooden keyboard. Originally installed in 1927 with 35 bells, today The Class of 1892 Bells have 67 concert-pitched bells.

Featured performers this year will include:

  • June 29: Trevor Workman, carillonneur of Bournville Village, England, has toured Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Denmark and the United States. He has released numerous CDs and video recordings of the Bournville Carillon including "Celebration Sounds of Bournville" in 1996 and his recent recording, "Classic and Romantic," released in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.
  • July 20: A duet program will be performed by organist and music instructor Auke de Boer, the city carillonneur in Dokkum and Groningen, The Netherlands, and Adolph Rots, city carillonneur for four municipalities in The Netherlands, a carillon instructor at The Netherlands Carillon School, an organist, cantor and college instructor of music pedagogy.
  • July 27: A native of Hong Kong, Tin-shi Tam, the Cownie Professor of Music and university carillonneur at Iowa State University, is a celebrated artist. She has given recitals in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. She was a featured recitalist at the Festival International de Carillon en Côte d'Or, France in 2001, the 12th International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens, Lakes Wales, Fla., in 1997 and the 53rd Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America at Princeton University in 1995.

Guest musicians will perform a range of selections from the traditional to the unexpected during the hour-long concerts. In addition to Christian hymns, classical pieces by Handel, Bach and Haydn, and works composed especially for carillon, programs will feature folk, American standards, show tunes and contemporary works from the songbooks of Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and Stephen Sondheim. Some carillonneurs also will offer their own compositions and improvisational ringing.

"Our series offers the public a very special opportunity to hear some wonderful music performed by the greatest carillonneurs from Europe and the U.S.," said Austin, a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs, a prestigious 67-year-old professional organization. "The carillon's location on the Graduate College campus, sheltered from traffic and other urban noises, has created an ideal and attractive setting for performers and audiences alike."

The carillon was refurbished in 1993 after nearly 25 years of neglect following the 1967 death of the University Bellmaster Arthur Bigelow. During the retrofit, the bells were rescaled, upgraded to concert pitch and a mammoth new bell was added. This bell, known as the bourdon, sounds "G" and weighs 12,880 pounds.

The carillon program is part of University Chapel Music and is made possible by an endowment established by the Class of 1892. For more information about the schedule of performances, check the Summer Carillon Series Web site.


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