A year ago RochesterSubway.com took you UP inside Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester. The views from that tower are spectacular – but it’s the 6,668 pounds of bronze bells inside that are truly awe inspiring.
The bells are actually part of a massive musical instrument called a Carillon. And now, if you’ve got experience playing a keyboard, you may have a shot to go to the top of Rush Rhees and play the carillon yourself. Doris Aman of the University of Rochester Carillon Society sent in the following one-time offer…
On July 12 for one day only, a single day workshop is being offered for musicians who always wondered what it would be like to play the Rush Rhees Library carillon. The class is limited to six and is open to the Rochester community and students of all ages.
Participants must have keyboard experience and be able to read music. You must be able to climb several flights of steps, honor the privilege by following instructions, and patiently wait your turn to play. Oh yeah, and fear of heights would be a deal breaker.
The class will include a presentation, a discussion of its history and set up, and an opportunity to play the instrument in tower.
If you are interested
please apply immediately!
This workshop is a one time offer and there are only SIX spots available. The application is on this page .
Carillon Summer Recitals
Many Rochesterians do not know that the bell tower puts on concerts for the public every summer. Some of the best carillonneurs in the world come to play this unique instrument. You can come and enjoy a beautiful summer evening on the UofR campus and listen to the bell music.
The University of Rochester Carillon Society performance schedule will include:
Monday, June 16 at 7-8pm
Patriotic themed music, including the “Star Spangled Banner” to celebrate our national anthem’s 200th Anniversary
Good Ole Summertime
Monday, June 23 at 7-8pm
Highly recognizable popular music
The Professional July Carillon Concert Series
Monday evenings at 7pm, rain or shine
Free and public is invited to attend. Bring a picnic and seating. Free parking behind the library.
July 7: Vera Wuensche
July 14: Tin-Shi Tam
July 21: Laura Ellis
July 28: Klaas de Haan
Tags: carillon, Doris Aman, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, University of Rochester Carillon Society, UofR, urban exploration
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