Yale Carillonneurs to perform at WFU

By Pam Barrett
February 25, 2004

As part of their 2004 Spring Tour, the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs will play Wake Forest University’s carillon in a free, public concert March 11 at 12 p.m.

Those attending the concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and pack a picnic lunch. The best place to hear the Wake Forest carillon, which is located in the tower of Wait Chapel, will be on the University Plaza (Quad) in front of the chapel.

A carillon is a musical instrument consisting of at least two octaves of cast-bronze carillon bells arranged in chromatic series and played from a keyboard. A traditional carillon must have at least 23 carillon bells.

According to the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, carillons evolved from the lowlands of Holland, Belgium and northern France more than five centuries ago. The town carillonneur played on market days and holidays, and it was said that good bells and good schools were the sign of a well-run city.

Wake Forest’s 48-bell Janet Jeffrey Carlile Harris carillon is one of five traditional carillons in North Carolina. The total weight of the bells in Wake Forest’s carillon is more than 11 tons. The largest bell weighs 4,400 pounds.

Ray Ebert, a Winston-Salem resident and one of Wake Forest’s carillonneurs is hosting the concert.

For more information, call 336-758-5364.

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