Summer Carillon Series Continues to Answer the Bell
A BELL-issimo music series
Thursday, Jul. 11
Since Smith Chapel opened on Penn State Behrend's (PSB) campus in 2002, the campus church has hosted the Smith Carillon Concert Series. The theme of these concerts is simple; they all feature carillonneurs, or individuals who have mastered and perform musical works on carillons.
What is a carillon you ask? It is "a musical instrument consisting of at least two octaves of carillon bells arranged in chromatic series and played from a keyboard permitting control of expression through variation of touch," according to The Guild of Carillonneurs of North America (GCNA). In short, carillons are organs (of the musical variety).
Holding the first series slot is Carl Van Eyndhoven, a graduate of organ and music pedagogy from the Netherlands Carillon School. Today, he is the carillonneur of the cities of Tilburg in the Netherlands and Mol in Belgium. Van Eyndhoven is internationally recognized for his jazz improvisations on carillon, and for his memorable instrumental recitals. He has "played concerts in Japan, Denmark, U.S., Ireland, Poland (and) Germany," said Chris Fox, assistant director of civic engagement and Smith Chapel at PSB.
"The lineup of performers is actually set by members of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Our tour includes Western N.Y. with locations in Williamsville, Rochester, and Alfred University," Fox continued. "Once they set the lineup of performers, the venue selects the dates for the summer tour. This way we are having those with the background and expertise find the performers and we focus on making sure our venue is an enjoyable place to enjoy the music."
Following Van Eyndhoven's performance, the Smith chapel will host carillon talent in the form of Alex Johnson on July 18, Margaret Pan on July 25, and Geert D'hollander on August 1.
The events, held outdoors in the summer evening air, have "a very relaxing vibe and we hope those who attend would enjoy the community feel of the event — and the complimentary hot dogs," Fox said. — Hannah McDonald
Thursdays through Aug. 1, 7 p.m. // 4701 College Dr. // Free // Guests encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for outdoor seating // All Ages