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Carillon Concerts

Enjoy an enchanting one hour 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.

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
6
Jun

Wylie Crawford
Monday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Wylie Crawford

Wylie Crawford has been the resident carillonneur at the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1986. He is the senior university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, and was the first city carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois. He is also the president of the World Carillon Federation (www.carillon.org), a federation of international associations that organizes conferences in countries with a carillon culture.

Mon
13
Jun

Tim Sleep
Monday, June 13, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Tim Sleep

Tim Sleep is the Naperville city carillonneur and an instructor for the North American Carillon School.  Sleep is serving his third term as president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He began his carillon studies with Wylie Crawford in Naperville and continued with John Gouwens at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana.

 

Mon
20
Jun

Jim Fackenthal
Monday, June 20, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jim Fackenthal

Jim Fackenthal has worked for many years at the University of Chicago as a cancer researcher and has served as associate university carillonneur. Fackenthal began carillon studies with David Caldwell at the University of Rochester in 1984, and two years later became a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Since then he has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America. He is currently an active member of the piano program and the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, where he plays various string and wind instruments. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology/geology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Indiana University.  Fackenthal is a former member of the GCNA Board of Directors, has served as a juror on the GCNA Examination Committee and is the former co-editor of the GCNA publication Carillon News.

Mon
27
Jun

Rachel Perfecto
Monday, June 27, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Rachel Perfecto

Rachel Perfecto studied carillon with Ellen Dickinson and was a member of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. She graduated from Yale University with a B.S., double majoring in astrophysics and music. She is attending the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Mechelen, Belgium, this year. While at Yale, Rachel was the assistant conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. She also enjoys playing the steel pans.

Mon
4
Jul

Carol Jickling Lens
Monday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Carol Jickling Lens

Carol Jickling Lens began her carillon studies with Beverly Buchanan at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in the eighth grade. She continued with the carillon at the University of Michigan, with R. Hudson Ladd. She studied at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, with Leen ‘t Hart, where she earned both the Practical and End Diplomas. She has been a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) since 1971. She was a judge and then chair of the Exam Committee, on the Board for one term and served as Chair of the Nomination Committee. She is also an instructor at the newly-established North American Carillon School. Lens has played throughout the United States, and has held the position of carillonneur at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and at the Bell Tower Center, both in Houston. She was appointed university carillonneur at the University of Denver in 2010.

Mon
11
Jul

Wesley Arai
Monday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Wesley Arai

Wesley Arai studied carillon with Jeff Davis at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received B.A. degrees in mathematics and statistics with a minor in music. Originally from Los Angeles, Wesley returned to his hometown to pursue graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning an M.A. in mathematics. During his time as a graduate student, he played the carillon at the University of California, Santa Barbara regularly.

Wesley passed the advancement examination of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2008. He has toured extensively as a guest recitalist throughout North America and is an annual recitalist at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington.

In addition to the carillon, Wesley has studied piano, trombone, and voice, and has performed in a number of different concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands, orchestras, and choral groups. He enjoys arranging music and occasionally performs some of his own arrangements on the carillon. Wesley currently works as an actuary for an insurance company in Los Angeles and serves as associate carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mon
18
Jul

Hylke Banning
Monday, July 18, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Hylke Banning

Hylke Banning studied electrical engineering at the University of Twente and graduated in 1992. His musical engagement started at the age of six when he took organ lessons with Dirk S. Donker. During his studies at the university, he discovered the bells of the campus carillon. He studied carillon for nine years with Karel Borghuis, the carillonneur of Oldenzaal. In 1992 he succeeded his teacher as city carillonneur. He also studied for several years carillon at the Nether­lands Carillon School in Amersfoort with Arie Abbenes, city carillonneur of Utrecht, Eindhoven, and Asten. Hylke Banning won several first prizes during carillon contests. From 1994 until 2000 he was secretary of the board of the Dutch Carillon Society (NKV) and also for almost ten years a member of the editorial committee of Klok en Klepel, the magazine of the NKV.

Mon
25
Jul

Kymberly Stone
Monday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Kymberly Stone

Kymberly Stone studied carillon with Don Cook at Brigham Young University. She received a B.M. in organ performance in 2013 and is currently working on a master of music degree in organ performance at Brigham Young University. As part of her graduate assistantship, Stone teaches private organ and carillon lessons, basic organ skills, sight singing, and dictation. She is organist at the Orem Community Church as well as her local LDS congregation.

 

Mon
1
Aug

Ellen Dickinson
Monday, August 1, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Ellen Dickinson

Ellen  Dickinson holds a M.M. in organ from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and a B.A. in music from Yale College. She is artistic director of Music on the Hill, an independent music organization with four performing ensembles and music education opportunities. For eleven years,  Dickinson  was director of music at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, Connecticut. In 2006, she co-founded the Jubilate Ringers, a community handbell ensemble. 

She serves as college carillonneur at Trinity College, and is teacher and adviser to the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs and bell consultant to the university. She has attended the Summer Academy at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, Netherlands, where she studied with Todd Fair. She has served the GCNA in many capacities. As part of the North American Carillon School team,  Dickinson is an instructor for the New England region. She has performed carillon recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Mon
8
Aug

Joey Brink
Monday, August 8, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Joey Brink

Joey Brink is the sixth university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he performs twice daily and teaches carillon performance to members of the University of Chicago Guild of Carillonneurs.

Joey began his carillon studies at Yale University in 2007 with Ellen Dickinson, and became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2011. He continued his carillon studies on a Belgian-American Educational Foundation fellowship with Eddy Marien, Koen Cosaert, and Geert D'hollander at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, where he graduated with greatest distinction in 2012, and subsequently studied further with Geert D'hollander at Bok Tower Gardens in 2015. Joey received first prize and audience prize at the 7th International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen in June 2014.

Joey serves on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and co-chairs its Johan Franco Committee to promote new music for carillon. He received the 2015 Barnes Scholarship to conduct research on affordable practice carillon design. Joey is married to carillonneur Vera Brink, and together they enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, playing board games, and traveling to the many carillons around the world.

Mon
15
Aug

Sally Harwood
Monday, August 15, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Sally Harwood

Sally Harwood began her carillon studies in 1996 with Margo Halsted at the newly-renovated Beaumont Tower Carillon at Michigan State University, and she studied with Ray McLellan after his 1997 appointment as Michigan State University carillonneur.  Harwood has been a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America since 2000.  She attended the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Mechelen, Belgium, studying with Eddy Marien and Erik Vandevoort, and was awarded the end carillonneur diploma “with distinction.”

Harwood occasionally performed formal recitals while still pursuing her legal career, but now, as a retiree, she plays the carillon more than ever and her performance work has expanded. Her other musical activity is playing the recorder with fellow early music enthusiasts.

Mon
22
Aug

Hunter Chase
Monday, August 22, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Hunter Chase

Hunter Chase studied the carillon as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, first under Oliver McDonald and later with Jim Fackenthal. For three years, he served as president of the Guild of Student Carillonneurs at the University of Chicago, a student organization dedicated to instruction and promotion of the carillon. He continues to play regularly at the University of Chicago. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois-Chicago studying mathematical logic.

Mon
29
Aug

Kimberly Schafer
Monday, August 29, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Kimberly Schafer

Kimberly Schafer’s interest in the carillon 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, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago. Since 2015 she has performed regularly for Sunday services at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago. Schafer takes a keen interest in teaching the carillon: she spearheaded a carillon instruction program at The University of Texas and also taught carillon at Princeton University and at the University of Chicago. Past campanological projects include translating a carillon thesis and writing a musicological dissertation on the role of the carillon in American universities. In 2015 she initiated a new organization in Chicago to advocate for and promote tower bells. Schafer also writes the blog Bell Advocate to further these efforts.

Mon
5
Sep

Sue Bergren
Monday, September 5, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Sue Bergren

Sue Bergren is on staff at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville as the principal organist. She has a master’s degree in organ performance from Northern Illinois University and has served as music director and organist for several churches in the Naperville area. She is active as a carillon recitalist and plays regularly on the Naperville Millennium Carillon. She serves on the board of directors for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and runs a small publishing company for carillon music.