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23rd International Carillon Festival

March 4, 2017 – March 12, 2017

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Celebrating more than 87 years of music inspiration, Bok Tower Gardens presents the 23rd International Carillon Festival March 4-12.

The world-famous music festival takes place only twice every 5 years and features world-renowned carillonneurs performing daily concerts at 1:00p.m. & 3:00p.m. Festival concerts are included with general admission. To celebrate the beauty, music and distinctive value of the carillon tower, the following events and programs will engage the public in scheduled, yet casual music exploration. Visitors will hear popular and well-known pieces from important American composers, new compositions, world premieres and classical masterpieces.

This event is proudly sponsored in part by:

Events & Activities

 

Hidden Garden MelodiesSunset Mix and Mingle Moonlight ConcertGoldfish Carillon Children’s ConcertMoonlight Mix & Mingle Carillon ConcertPerformance ScheduleMeet the Carillonneurs

Hidden Garden Melodies

Saturday – Sunday, March 4 & 5, 11 & 12 •  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy internationally-inspired, impromptu live music on the Café Terrace.

Included with general admission.

Sunset Mix and Mingle Moonlight Concert

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Sunday, March 5 • Concert begins 6:00 p.m. Reception begins 7:15 p.m.

Celebrate one of the most unique musical experiences with a Moonlight Concert under the light of a full moon with cocktail reception to follow in the Gardens Outdoor Kitchen where you can meet the artists.

$10/per person: Concert only



Free: Members only



$35/per person: Concert and reception



$25/per person: Members only


Singing Tower Exterior Tour and Concert

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Saturday – Sunday, March 4 & 5  •  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring a picnic lunch to attend exterior guided tours of the Singing Tower highlighting its history, artistry, architecture and construction, followed by a half-hour carillon concert and historical artifacts display.

Included with general admission.

Goldfish Carillon Children’s Concert

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Wednesday, March 8 • 10:00 a.m.

Children are invited to experience a musical presentation of interactive carillon music, meet the artists, learn about the Singing Tower and enjoy light healthy snacks.

Included with general admission.

Moonlight Mix & Mingle Carillon Concert

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Friday, March 10  •  7:30 p.m.

Spend an evening beneath the live oaks as carillon melodies float down from the Singing Tower and the moon beams illuminate the Singing Tower with cocktail reception to follow at Pinewood Estate where you can meet the artists. Bring your own chairs and blankets.

$10/per person: Concert only



Free: Members only



$35/per person: Concert and reception



$25/per person: Members only


Performance Schedule

Saturday, March 4 • 1:00 p.m.
Performer: Geert D’hollander

Saturday, March 4 • 3:00 p.m.
Performers: Lisa Lonie & Janet Tebbel
Duet Recital: The Treblemakers

Sunday, March 5 • 1:00 p.m.
Performer: Frans Haagen

Sunday, March 5 • 3:00 p.m.
Performers: Lisa Lonie & Janet Tebbel
Duet Recital: The Treblemakers

Sunday, March 5 • 6:00 p.m.
Performer: Koen Cosaert

Monday, March 6 • 1:00 p.m.
Performer: Koen Cosaert

Monday, March 6 • 3:00 p.m.
Performer: Frans Haagen

Tuesday, March 7 • 1:00 p.m.
Performer: Ellen Dickinson

Tuesday, March 7 • 3:00 p.m.
Performer: Koen Cosaert

Wednesday, March 8 • 10:00 a.m.
Performer: Geert D’hollander

Wednesday, March 8 • 1:00 p.m.
Performer: Lisa Lonie

Wednesday, March 8 • 3:00 p.m.
Performer: Ellen Dickinson

Thursday, March 9 • 1:00 p.m.
Performer: Frans Haagen

Thursday, March 9 • 3:00 p.m.
Performer: Lisa Lonie

Friday, March 10 • 1:00 p.m.
Performer: Frans Haagen

Friday, March 10 • 3:00 p.m.
Performer: Koen Cosaert

Friday, March 10 • 7:30 p.m.
Performer: Frans Haagen

Saturday, March 11 • 1:00 p.m.Saturday, March 11 • 3:00 p.m.
Performer: Koen Cosaert

Sunday, March 12 • 1:00 p.m.
Performer: Ellen Dickinson

Sunday, March 12 • 3:00 p.m.
Performer: Geert D’hollander

MEET THE CARILLONNEURS

geert with bellsGeert D’hollander

was named Bok Tower Gardens’ fourth full-time carillonneur in October 2012. He has studied, performed, taught, arranged and composed carillon music for more than 35 years. Geert began his carillon studies at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, and the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. He received degrees in carillon, piano, chamber music, choral- and orchestral direction, fugue, and composition. Geert has made hundreds of carillon arrangements for popular to classical music for American grand and smaller carillons, and composed over 35 works for carillon world-wide. Geert was the first prize winner in more than 30 international competitions for carillon and composition. He was awarded the University of California Berkeley Medal for “Distinguished Service to the Carillon,” and the prestigious Dutch “ANV-Visser Neerlandia Prize” with his carillon composition “Ciacona.” He is a carillon member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America. Geert is a passionate champion of the carillon, and today, his work continues at the Gardens though daily performances, while developing a new carillon fellowship program, fundraising for new carillon compositions, spearheading the preservation of historical recordings of carillon music and creating new carillon performance events.

koen-cosaertKoen Cosaert

studied musicology at Louvain’s Catholic University and graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen. At the conservatorium of his hometown Kortrijk he studied the organ. On September 1 st 2010 Koen Cosaert has been appointed by the city council of Mechelen as fifth director of the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn”, one of the leading institutes for carillon art in the world under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Mathilde. Since 1987, Koen Cosaert has been teaching carillon, campanology, harmony and music theory at the Royal Carillon School and at its department in Roeselare. He has been visiting professor for carillon and campanology at the St.-Petersburg University in Russia since 2007. He is carillonneur for the Belgian cities of Kortrijk, Roeselare, Harelbeke and Izegem. In 2011 he was awarded the Cultural Trophy of the city of Roeselare for his merits as ambassador of the carillon art. Sponsored by Don and Pat Jones

frans-haagenFrans Haagen

studied carillon at the Dutch Carillon School in Amersfoort (The Netherlands) with Bernard Winsemius and Arie Abbenes and graduated summa cum laude earning his diploma as Performing Musician. He is currently working as the city carillonneur of Kampen, Almelo, Holten, Zutphen and Doesburg. Mr. Haagen is the carillon professor and Principal of the Dutch Carillon School in Amersfoort, part of the HKU Utrecht University of the Arts. He is frequently invited as a jury member for examinations and for international organ and carillon competitions. In addition to concerts in the Netherlands, he played in recent years regularly at various festivals worldwide. He played i.a. in Germany, Poland, Norway, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, The United States and South Korea. Frans Haagen is a very versatile musician. At the conservatory in Zwolle he studied alongside organ (which he graduated summa cum laude diploma for Performing Musician) also majoring in church music and choral conducting. He was winner of two internationally renowned organ competitions (Int. C. Franck Competition in Haarlem and the Int. Rijnstreek Competition in Nijmegen) and was also a prizewinner at several carillon competitions. He is also very interested in the possibilities offered by the combination of carillon using modern electronic music. Also for this combination works by various composers composed which are brought to the premiere by him. Sponsored by Paul and Carol Collins

lisa-lonieLisa Lonie

is the university carillonneur of Princeton University (New Jersey), and resident carillonneur at two area churches: St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh (Pennsylvania), and at The Church of the Holy Trinity (Philadelphia) which houses the oldest carillon (1882) in North America. She is a private carillon teacher, as well as a regional carillon instructor for the North American Carillon School, an affiliate of The Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” of Mechelen, Belgium. Lisa began her carillon studies as a teenager with Frank Law, carillonneur at the Washington Memorial National Carillon in Valley Forge, PA and continued with Frank DellaPenna, Mr. Law’s successor. She is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), former juror and chair of the Carillonneur Examinations Committee, and has served on its Board of Directors and various committees. She currently serves on the Music Heritage committee of the GCNA. Known for her musical wit and creative programming, Ms. Lonie has performed in internationally acclaimed carillon festivals, as well as for several national congresses of the GCNA, as guest carillonneur for the 2002 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in Philadelphia, and as an invited recitalist at the World Carillon Federation (WCF) Congress in Aschaffenburg, Germany (1995) and Antwerp, Belgium (2014), representing the North America carillon art. Lisa is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with dual degrees in German and Economics. Besides her musical interests, she is the Executive Assistant to the President of Salus University, and resides in Blue Bell, Penna. with husband, Paul, their children, and assorted wildlife. Sponsored by Lawrence and Genevieve Dimmitt in memory of A. Bronson Thayer, past board chairman of Bok Tower Gardens

Ellen Dickinson

holds the Master of Music degree in organ from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale College. She is Director of Music at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, Connecticut. In 2006, she co- founded the Jubilate Ringers, a community handbell ensemble. She is the founding director of the Weston Summer Chorus and directed the Yale Summer Chorus for five seasons. She has served as guest conductor of the Fairfield County Chorale, the Florilegium Chamber Choir (New York City) and was director of the Yale Freshman Chorus. Ellen is College Carillonneur at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and serves as Yale University’s carillon consultant and advisor. As an undergraduate, she was co-chair and Summer Carillonneur of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. She has served the GCNA in many capacities, including exam juror, Bulletin editor, and vice president. She has performed carillon recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Sponsored by Dr. Frank and Carol Drake