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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.

Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Mon
5
Jun

Frans Haagen
Monday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Frans Haagen

Frans Haagen studied at the Netherlands Carillon School with Bernard Winsemius and Arie Abbenes, earning the diploma of performing artist. He is the city carillonneur for Kampen, Almelo, and Rijssen, in the Netherlands. He also serves as director and professor of carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School’s faculty of music. As a concert carillonneur, he has performed at international festivals in Magdeburg (Germany), Innsbruck (Austria), Douai and Chambéry (France), Gdańsk (Poland), Ghent (Belgium), Oslo (Norway), Barcelona (Spain), and Springfield, Illinois. He recently performed in Taejon (South Korea) and the United States.

Mon
12
Jun

Jim Fackenthal
Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Jim Fackenthal

Jim Fackenthal has worked for many years at the University of Chicago as a cancer researcher and also 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
19
Jun

Katherine I. Zhou
Monday, June 19, 7 p.m.

Katherine Zhou

Katherine Zhou is from Chicago. She took her first music lesson at age four. In the following years, she learned to play the piano, violin, and classical guitar, and she continued to take lessons in these instruments until the end of high school. Katherine first heard about the carillon when she arrived at Yale as a college freshman. She learned to play the carillon from her fellow Yalie Joey Brink. After becoming a member of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs, she took lessons with carillonneur and Yale Guild mentor Ellen Dickinson. Zhou took the carillonneur examination and became a full member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America in 2012. She graduated from Yale in 2012 with a B.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Since then, Zhou has been a student in the medical scientist training program at the University of Chicago, where she is currently studying RNA modifications and RNA binding proteins in the laboratory of Professor Tao Pan. She is fortunate to live in Chicago, where she has the opportunity to listen to and play several wonderful carillons.

Mon
26
Jun

Tim Sleep
Monday, June 26, 7 p.m.

PHOTO: Tim Sleep

Tim Sleep was appointed the city carillonneur for Naperville, Illinois, in 2007, where he teaches and performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon. He has performed carillon recitals at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and at guest recitals throughout the country. He is also an instructor for the North American Carillon School. Sleep is in his fourth term as president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), having previously served as its corresponding secretary and then vice president. He has performed new music recitals at various GCNA congresses. He began his carillon studies with Wylie Crawford in Naperville and continued with John Gouwens at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, becoming a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from North Central College in Naperville and a master of science in educational administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. A retired band director and middle school principal, he is long-time church musician currently serving as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville.

Mon
3
Jul

Mark Lee
Monday, July 3, 7 p.m.

Mark Lee

Mark Lee is music director at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Skokie, Illinois, and St. Bonaventure Oratory in Chicago. He holds a master of music degree in piano performance from American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. Lee is certified as a Carillonneur by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He has served on the Guild’s examination committee and as co-editor of the Guild’s newsletter Carillon News.

Mon
10
Jul

Hunter Chase
Monday, July 10, 7 p.m.

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 bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics and is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois-Chicago studying model theory.

Mon
17
Jul

Wylie Crawford
Monday, July 17, 7 p.m.

PHOTO: Wylie Crawford

Wylie Crawford has been the resident carillonneur at the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1986, when he played for its carillon’s dedication. He is senior university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, having served for 32 years as the university carillonneur. Crawford was the first city carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois. He has also toured as the Spirit of the Bells with the Cast in Bronze program. He is the president of the World Carillon Federation (carillon.org), a federation of international associations that organizes conferences in countries with a carillon culture. Crawford served as its treasurer from 1990 until 2006, when he became the second North American ever to be elected president. He has been the membership chair for the Guild of Carillonneurs (GCNA) for more than 30 years and has served as the GCNA’s vice president. He has recently taken up a more portable instrument—the ukulele!

Mon
24
Jul

Jon Lehrer (Christmas in July)
Monday, July 24, 7 p.m.

Jon Lehrer

Jon Lehrer began his carillon studies in 2000 at Yale University. Since graduating with a degree in mathematics, Lehrer has performed concert tours spanning Europe and North America. He is a laureate of four international competitions for carillon, most notably the Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition, where he was also awarded the SABAM prize for the best interpretation of Flemish carillon music. Lehrer won the 2010 International Carillon competition of the Dutch Carillon Guild, and was the highest ranked competitor in the International Alexis Julien Competition for baroque music. He graduated with great distinction from the Belgian Royal Carillon School “Jef Denijn,” where he studied with Eddy Mariën, Geert D'hollander, and Koen Cosaert. He has been a frequent guest artist at the annual North American Carillon Congresses, and has performed the Cast in Bronze theatrical carillon show on the Mobile Millenium Carillon at Renaissance festivals across the United States. Lehrer currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and works as a bioinformatician in cancer research.

Mon
31
Jul

Parker Ludwig
Monday, July 31, 7 p.m.

Parker Ludwig

Parker Ludwig is a carillonneur and organist from Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed his bachelor of music degree at Brigham Young University in 2016, where he was an associate carillonneur. He is a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), and played his exam recital at the 2016 GCNA Congress at Yale University. Ludwig plays the carillon on a visiting basis at the First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also holds a position as guest organist at the famed Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Parker has participated in numerous competitions, and won first prize at the 2011 Regional Competition for Young Organists sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. He currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife Lynette, while he is attending the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Mon
7
Aug

Lynnli Wang
Monday, August 7, 7 p.m.

Lynnli Wang

Lynnli Wang resides in Washington, DC. During the week, she consults for the federal government through Deloitte. On weekends, she rings bells for the residents of the nation's capital. Currently, she performs at Arlington National Cemetery’s Netherlands Carillon. From the balcony of the Netherlands Carillon, guests can look down on the National Mall as they listen to the music of the surrounding bells. Wang graduated from Yale College in 2016 with a degree in literature and a certificate in education studies. She began studying carillon while at Yale, and after playing for three years, Wang passed her carillonneur membership exam in Denver, Colorado, at the 72nd Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America (GCNA). Since then, she has played concerts throughout the northeast, helped co-host a GCNA Congress at Yale that included a fifty-piece commission project, and edited a children's book on carillons titled Rosie Meets the Carillon. She would like to thank her carillon teacher, Ellen Dickinson, as both a mentor and friend; Wylie Crawford and Joey Brink for inviting her to play for the audiences in Chicago; and her amazing family members, who support her no matter what.

Mon
14
Aug

Roy Kroezen
Monday, August 14, 7 p.m.

Roy Kroezen

Roy Kroezen was born in Enschede, the Netherlands, in 1967 and was appointed carillonneur of the Centralia, Illinois, carillon in 2016. He studied carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort with Bernard Winsemius and Henk Verhoef, and also in Belgium at the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denijn” with Geert D'hollander. He studied organ at the Arnhem Conservatory with Cor van Wageningen and Theo Jellema. He holds a master’s degree in carillon, a bachelor’s deree in organ, and a choral conducting degree. In the Netherlands, he served as a municipal carillonneur in Zwolle, Hoogeveen, Arnhem, and Huissen, and organist in Hilversum at the Apostolic Society. He is a carillon teacher and arranger of music for the carillon. In 2002, he spent nine weeks playing six recitals a day in the Dutch-style family park Huis Ten Bosch on the island of Kyushu in Japan. In addition, he has played numerous carillon recitals in the United States, Europe, and the island of Curaçao. Kroezen has won prizes at several international carillon contests.

Mon
21
Aug

Linda Dzuris
Monday, August 21, 7 p.m.

Linda Dzuris

Linda Dzuris became the first university carillonneur of South Carolina’s Clemson University in 1999 and is a professor of music in the department of performing arts. She received her bachelor of music, master of music, and doctor of music degrees in organ performance and church music from the University of Michigan. Dzuris studied carillon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional study at The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. Dzuris is a performance instructor of the North American Carillon School (NACS). Dzuris has served on the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) Board of Directors and currently serves as an adjudicator on its Associate Carillonneur Evaluation Committee. She has been a featured guest artist in carillon concert series throughout the United States, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland. Her original carillon compositions are published by American Carillon Music Editions.

Mon
28
Aug

Brandon Blazo
Monday, August 28, 7 p.m.

Brandon Blazo

Brandon Blazo is a former assistant university carillonneur at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Professor Margo Halsted. In Provo, Utah, he successfully passed the examination for carillonneur membership in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He has performed in summer concert series across Michigan and played the chimes at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lapeer, Michigan. Blazo is director and senior counsel at Discover Financial Services.

Mon
4
Sep

Sue Bergren
Monday, September 4, 7 p.m.

Sue Bergren

Sue Bergren is the principal organist at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois. She earned a master’s degree in organ performance from Northern Illinois University after having worked for several years in a non-musical, technical environment. She is also a certified carillonneur, and plays regularly on the Naperville Millennium Carillon. As an active carillon recitalist, she has been a guest recitalist in the International Carillon Festival at the Rees Memorial Carillon in Springfield, Illinois, and guest recitalist in the International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. She is also the owner of American Carillon Music Editions, a publishing company of carillon music. She lives in Naperville with her husband Mark, and shares the joy of being doting grandparents.