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Annual Carillon Concert Series

For the past 20 years, the carillon at Norwich University has been ringing in summer to the delight of music lovers everywhere. This year’s slate of five concerts featuring six musicians promises to be as spectacular as ever. Whether you are a die-hard carillon fan or have never been to a concert, there are wonderful surprises awaiting you in the coming weeks.

Concerts will be held rain or shine on five consecutive Saturdays from July 7 to August 4, and all concerts begin at 1 p.m.
These outdoor recitals are open to everyone, parking is free and handicapped accessible, and there is never an admission fee. At the conclusion of each performance, the bell tower will remain open and guests are invited inside to meet the musician, view a demonstration on the instrument, and peek into the belfry for a look at the bells themselves.


2018 Summer Carillon Concert Series

July 7 - George Matthew Jr.
Carillonneur, Norwich University and Middlebury College

July 14 - Hans Uwe Hielscher
Organist and Carillonneur, the Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany

July 21 - Sergei Gratchev and Elena Sadina
Instructors, the Belgian Carillon School and Middlebury Summer Language School

July 28 - Tiffany Ng
Carillonneur and Professor of Music, University of Michigan

August 4 - Nikita Gratchev
Graduate, Belgian Carillon School


Fun facts about carillons:

• The art of bell-tuning was perfected in northern Belgium in the 15th century. Norwich’s bells were cast and tuned at foundries in Belgium and France.
• Every carillon has a name. Norwich’s is called the Charlotte Nichols Greene Memorial Carillon.
• To be considered a “true” carillon, the instrument must have at least 23 bells. Norwich’s original carillon had 36 bells, and in 1959 it was expanded to 47.
• The largest bell in a carillon plays the lowest note and is called the “bourdon.” Norwich’s bourdon is four feet in diameter and weighs 3,500 pounds.

For more information about the concert series, please contact George Matthew at gmatthew@middlebury.edu or 802-247-9873.