Carillon Concerts 2013

PHOTO: Carillon TowerMondays, June 9 through September 1, 7 p.m.; preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Enjoy an enchanting 45-minute musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island.

Through a regularly scheduled series of concerts each summer, carillonneurs from around the world delight Garden visitors with the captivating music of the 48-bell Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert — you can even try your hand at ringing the bells.

Visitors can purchase snacks and a bottle of wine from the Garden Café, or grilled selections from the Garden Grille including burgers, hot dogs and barbeque. You may also bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion on concert evenings.

Since 1986, the carillon has remained both a noted landmark and a source of remarkable music at the Garden. Crafted in Holland, the tower's bronze bells and playing device with a range of four octaves constitutes one of the few hand-played carillons in the nation.

Mon
9
Jun

Stefano CollettiStefano Colletti, Douai, France
Monday, June 9, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Stefano Colletti is the city carillonneur in Douai, which has had an official carillonneur since 1391. The city’s Paccard carillon has 62 bells and is known worldwide for its musical quality. Colletti also is a professor of carillon at the music conservatory of Douai, the only conservatory in France where it is possible to study carillon in order to become a professional carillonneur.

 

Mon
16
Jun

Jim BrownJim Brown, Naperville, Illinois
Monday, June 16, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jim Brown is the assistant city carillonneur of Naperville. He plays regularly at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. He studied carillon with Wylie Crawford, the first city carillonneur of Naperville, Illinois, and the University of Chicago carillonneur at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

Mon
23
Jun

Andrée-Anne DoaneAndrée-Anne Doane, Montréal, Canada
Monday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Andrée-Anne Doane is the carillonist at Saint Joseph’s Oratory. Besides playing two concerts per day, five days a week, Doane promotes the carillon through scheduled tours and workshops.  Her summer carillon festival features artists from around the world. In 2010, she recorded solos and duets with Claude Aubin on the carillon of Saint Joseph’s Oratory for the CD Chantent les Cloches.

Mon
30
Jun

Jim_FackenthalJim Fackenthal, Chicago, Illinois
Monday, June 30, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jim Fackenthal is the assistant carillonneur at the University of Chicago. He has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America and at international festivals. He has served on several committees of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America including the Board of Directors and the examination jury.

Mon
7
Jul

PHOTO: Tim SleepTim Sleep, Naperville, Illinois
Monday, July 7, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Tim Sleep, city carillonneur of Naperville, performs regularly on the city’s Millennium Carillon and in the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago. He also performs guest carillon recitals throughout the country. He currently serves as vice president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and was previously its corresponding secretary. He is a board member and secretary of the Millennium Carillon Foundation in Naperville. He became a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in 2004. A retired band director and middle school principal, he is a long-time church musician, currently serving as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville. He is also an instructor for the North American Carillon School.

Mon
14
Jul

Roy LeeRoy Lee, Ottawa, Canada
Monday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Roy Lee grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and currently lives in Toronto. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he received a B.A. in history. He began playing the carillon as a freshman there and served terms as treasurer and co-chair of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. After Yale, he attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and is now a government lawyer in the Toronto litigation office of the Department of Justice, Canada.

In June 2000, Lee became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America after playing a successful exam recital. More recently, he has studied carillon performance with Eddy Mariën at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium.

Mon
21
Jul

David HunsbergerDavid Hunsberger, Berkeley, CA
Monday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

David Hunsberger has been assistant carilloner at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1983. He holds the Berkeley Medal for distinguished service to the carillon. Hunsberger has taught music at Washington University, Webster College (St. Louis), and the Thailand Theological Seminary (Chiang Mai).  He is the organist-choirmaster at Zion Lutheran Church in Piedmont, California.

Mon
28
Jul

Tiffany Lin and Michael SolotkeTiffany Lin and Michael Solotke, Washington, DC and New York, NY
Monday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Tiffany Lin and Michael Solotke met at a Yale Symphony Orchestra rehearsal during their freshman year (Lin played violin, and Solotke played trombone).  Soon after, they discovered their love for the carillon as members of the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs. Lin and Solotke have played carillons in countries including Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.

Mon
4
Aug

Julie Zhu Julie Zhu, Chicago, Illinois
Monday, August 4, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Julie Zhu graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium in 2013 with highest honors. She became a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America that summer. She is interested in the relationship between mathematics, music, and visual representation.

Mon
11
Aug

Adolph Rots and Auke de BoerAdolph Rots and Auke de Boer, Groningen, the Netherlands
Monday, August 11, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Adolph Rots and Auke de Boer are the city carillonneurs at the famous Hemony carillon (1662) of the Martini tower (1482) in Groningen. Rots also is city carillonneur in Appingedam, Veendam, and Winschoten in the Netherlands; de Boer is also the city carillonneur and organist in Dokkum. Each year, Rots and de Boer perform several recitals in the northern part of Holland as part of the Groningen Carillon Duo. They have toured in Denmark, Belgium, France, and the United States.

Mon
18
Aug

Julia LittletonJulia Littleton, Arlington, VA
Monday, August 18, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Julia Littleton is a former Chicago and Oak Park resident who has performed on carillons around the Chicago area as well as in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. She was taught by University of Chicago carillonneur Wylie Crawford, and has been a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America since 2000.

Mon
25
Aug

PHOTO: Wylie CrawfordWylie Crawford, Chicago, IL
Monday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Wylie Crawford is the resident carillonneur for the Chicago Botanic Garden, the university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, and was the first city carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville. He has given carillon recitals in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, and the U.S. He is the president of the World Carillon Federation and previously served as treasurer.

He fulfilled the requirements of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) to become a certified carillonneur in 1977.  He previously served as its vice president and is now both the chair of its membership committee and member of its public relations committee.

With an undergraduate degree in physics and a graduate degree in teaching from the University of Chicago, Crawford initiated the first regular carillon instruction program at four Chicago-area carillons. Also, he is the president of Compassionate Computing, a computer training and support organization.

Mon
1
Sep

PHOTO: Kimberly SchaferKimberly Schafer, Chicago, IL
Monday, September 1, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Kimberly Schafer is a native midwesterner whose interest in the carillon fourteen years ago led her to pursue a carillon education on two continents and then to perform carillon concerts in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. She has performed in residence at the University of Michigan, the University of Texas, and Princeton University, and since 2011, she has been performing at the University of Chicago.