The 2015 Carillon Festival at Iowa State University is set to be held on September 18 & 19 at the Iowa State Memorial Union. The Carillon Festival celebrates the carillon bells that are held in the iconic Campanile located on central campus.
The Campanile was built in 1897 – 1898 as a memorial to Iowa State’s first dean of women, Margaret MacDonald Stanton. After Mrs. Stanton’s death in 1895 her husband Edgar Stanton donated the first 10 bells to be housed in the Campanile, which today holds a total of 50 bells.
The 2015 Carillon Festival will begin Friday with a concert featuring a collaborative performance using advanced network technologies. The performers will be connected via a low latency audio-visual streaming system, which allow musicians to perform together in real time in two separate venues. Performers for the opening concert will include Tin-Shi Tam, Iowa State University Carillonneur, a percussions ensemble from the New World Symphony at Miami Beach, Florida and an Iowa State University Student brass quintet.
George Gregory of Central Christian Church, San Antonio, Texas and Julianne Vanden Wyngaard of Grand Valley State University, Michigan, are the featured 2015 guest carillonneurs. These two talented musicians will perform a Carillon Duet Concert on Saturday, and will also host a seminar about how to play duet music on the carillon.
The festival will also include an ISU Carillon Composition Competition final round, a panel discussion on performing arts productions over Advanced Network, and a composer’s forum featuring composers from The Netherlands, North Carolina, New York, and Illinois, all discussing the process of writing music for the carillon, the fun, the challenges, techniques, do’s and don’ts.
If you’re unable to attend the festival, all of the events will be webcast live so you won’t have to miss a thing!
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