MSU College of Music Presents: 17th Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series

MSU College of Music Presents: 17th Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Jun 18, 2013

EAST LANSING– The MSU College of Music will present the 17th Annual Carillon Series, with recitals on five consecutive Wednesdays during the month of July, at the MSU Beaumont Tower. Running July 3 through July 31, recitals will take place, rain or shine, at 6:00 p.m.

The MSU Beaumont Tower, built in 1928 to replace Old College Hall, was a gift from John W. and Alice M. Beaumont. John Beaumont, a former student, was determined that College Hall would stand strong in campus memory, and the tower fitted as a significant tribute to the hall. Designed by architect John M. Davidson, the tower was designed as a monument to teaching and as a defensive structure to preserve the area where College Hall once served as a landmark.

The tower houses the carillon, a musical instrument that features forty-nine bells; the first ten bells were installed in Beaumont in 1928, and thirteen additional bells were added in 1935 to complete the carillon. In 1996, restoration began on the interior of the tower, where the carillon, clock, and Westminster chimes were restored.

Carillonneaurs play the instrument by striking wooden keys or batons using closed fists and by using their feet to depress foot pedals. Once the keys and pedals are depressed, wires move the metal clappers to strike the bells.

Faculty member Dr. Milton Muelder, whose career spanned more than forty years at MSU, generously
funded the Summer Carillon Series beginning in 1996. “People enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of an outdoor recital and you can’t get much better than the scenery MSU has to offer,” said MSU Carillonneur Ray McLellan. “All are welcome to attend and even bring along a picnic and spread out a blanket while they listen. It's a great opportunity for children to come to a recital, too, as they don't have to sit and be quiet all the time.”

Schedule of performers: 

Wednesday, July 3: Stephan D. Burton, Eagle Mountain, Utah

Wednesday, July 10: Philippe Beullens, Brussels, Belgium

Wednesday, July 17: Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, Grand Valley State University and George   Gregory, San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, July 24: Laura Ellis, University of Florida

Wednesday, July 31: Gijsbert Kok, The Hague, The Netherlands

All carillon recitals are free and open to the public. Beaumont Tower is located in the West Circle Drive oval area on the MSU campus. It is recommended that those attending park at the Stadium Lot #62. After each recital, the tower will be open for tours and a demonstration of the carillon.