GVSU carillon concert series will include 26,000-pound instrument

A traveling musical instrument that weighs 26,000 pounds, including a four-octave keyboard and 48 bells cast in a Netherlands foundry, will be coming to Grand Valley State University this summer as part of the annual International Carillon Concert series. All concerts are free and open to the public, rain or shine - and will feature performances by internationally renowned carillonneurs from Denmark, the Netherlands and the U.S. The 17th annual Cook Carillon International Concert Series, held on the Allendale campus Sundays at 8 p.m., is from June 19 to Aug. 21.
May 16, 2011


The 11th annual Beckering Family Carillon International Concert Series, held on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus Wednesdays at noon, is from July 6-27.

The Chime Master traveling carillon will be featured at the July 3 concert in Allendale at 8 p.m., with a performance by Gijsbert Kok, from the Netherlands. The special carillon provided fascination and musical entertainment throughout Europe for 16 years before being purchased by a company in Ohio. It was built in the Netherlands in 1991 and was sized to the dimensions of a standard shipping container and flatbed truck to allow transport to a variety of concert venues.

The Chime Master concert at GVSU will be held in parking lot G, near the West Campus Drive entrance to campus off 48th Street.

For more concert information, call 616-331-3484, or visit www.gvsu.edu/artscalendar.


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