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Ringing in the holidays.

Carillon concerts in Denver, Provo, and Missoula

This month, the peal of bells chimes in with the other sounds of the holiday season, as special concerts augment the usual schedule at carillons across the mountain West.

Of particular note is the debut of the Carl M. Williams Tower and Carillon at the main campus of the University of Denver. The 65-bell set, the eighth largest in the country, is the university's second, joining the Charles S. Hill Memorial Carillon, which is at the Park Hill campus.

Todd Fair, the carilloneur at the Williams Tower, is the genuine article, a prominent musician who worked previously in the Netherlands - the carillon capital of the world. In action, he is a cross between a musician and an aerobics leader. Playing the clavier, the carillon's keyboard, is strenuous work: Both hands and feet manipulate the keys (which move the clappers, not the bells). But subtlety is also required to coax music from an instrument that's the biggest in the world, yet as sensitive as a piano, with the same tonal gradations.

When school is in session, there's usually a midday concert at the Williams Tower and Carillon; it is also played during special events and holidays. Carillons at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and the University of Montana in Missoula also ring out on a regular basis. Because the bells hang outdoors, all concerts are both public and freer - and in winter, usually short. University of Denver. December 18, Charles S. Hill Memorial Carillon, Park Hill campus; (303) 871-2838. Call for dates at Williams Tower and Carillon, main campus; (303) 871-2838. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. December 5, Centennial Carillon Tower; (801) 378-3260. University of Montana, Missoula. Tue-Fri at noon when school is in session; (406) 243-0211.
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Title Annotation:carillon concerts
Author:Martin, Claire
Publication:Sunset
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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