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ENRICH-0291 – Music: Carillon (ENRICH-0291_BELL)

Bells, Bells, Bells! Inside the Grand Carillon
It touches me. It makes a gorgeous sound that to me is a part of everyday life along with the birds and the wind. ~ Carol Jickling Lens, DU carillonneur

Hidden high inside the magnificent gold-topped tower of the Ritchie Center are 65 bronze bells, the largest weighing six tons and featuring a 500-pound clapper. A musical instrument called a carillon, this stationary set of chromatically tuned bells played via a keyboard (with fists and feet, not fingers!) is one of only 185 installments in North America. What is its history? How does it function? What kind of music is played? Who better than 40-year aficionado and DU carillonneur Carol Jickling Lens to lead you in an exploration of this most unusual musical instrument. In class, Lens shares fascinating stories about the carillon, including how and why it originated in the Golden Age of the Netherlands, how DU’s carillon came to be only the second installation in Colorado, what it takes to play and maintain the massive instrument, and why the carillon is still considered a voice of hope around the world. Lens also explains the difference between change ringing bells and carillon playing—and she takes a look at other bells of the world. This fun, hands-on course features an opportunity to play the practice carillon and a private tour of the 215-foot Williams Tower, home of the Williams Carillon, before being our guest at the 21st Annual Holiday Carillon Recital.10% discount to Lamont Society members.

Four sessions
Wed., 7-9 pm, Nov. 13, 20, 2019
Carillon tour, TBD
Holiday concert, Sun., 3 pm, Dec. 8
Location: Room 229, Lamont School of Music, Newman Center for the Performing Arts building, DU campus

Carol Jickling Lens, carillonneur at the Lamont School of Music since 2010, has performed recitals from coast to coast in the U.S., as well as in England and the Netherlands, and unofficial recitals in St. Petersburg, Russia and South Korea.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 12Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $125


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Wednesday13th November 201920th November 201907:00PM - 09:00PMNewman Performing Arts CenterCarol Lens
Sunday8th December 20198th December 201903:00PM - 04:30PMN/ACarol Lens