Grosse Pointe Memorial Church is pleased to present its annual Summer Carillon Recital Series on four Tuesday evenings in July. These recitals are played on the church’s refurbished set of 48 tower bells. The concerts begin at 6:30, and the first program is on July 9. Listeners are invited to gather outside on the front lawn of the church. A closed-circuit television is provided so that the audience can see the performer at the playing clavier in the tower. Tours of the tower and the carillon are available at the conclusion of each 45-minute recital. Programs are offered rain or shine.
The performers for the 2019 series are:
July 9 — Bernard Winsemius is a renowned teacher/arranger/player from the Dutch Carillon School. Former city carillonneur of Haarlem and Amsterdam, this is his first time in Michigan as a recitalist.
July 16 — Anna Kasprzycka is a carillonist and sound engineer from Gdansk, Poland. The recipient of several carillon competition prizes, she has performed around the world. Currently she works in the recording studio at the Academy of Music in Gdansk.
July 23 — Carlo van Ulft is a native of The Netherlands, and is now Director/Carillonist of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Springfield, Illinois. He holds European Master’s Level degrees in organ performance, carillon performance and theatre organ performance.
July 30 — Alex Johnson began playing the carillon as an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester in 2015. He will be studying at the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Mechelen, Belgium for the 2019-20 academic year, and then he plans to pursue graduate work in music theory as well as a career involving carillon performance and teaching.
Carillon concerts are provided by Memorial Church as an outreach to the community, and are free of admission charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.