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The Middlebury College
Summer Carillon Series

The Carillon Series treats audiences to free performances on Friday evenings at 5:00 P.M. from early July through mid-August, in and around Mead Memorial Chapel. Each year, musicians from around the world come to Middlebury to perform in the Chapel’s bell tower high above the College campus. All of the concerts are free and open to the public, and can be enjoyed inside Mead Chapel or on the surrounding lawns.


31st Annual Summer Carillon Series 

The 2016 Summer Carillon Concert season features a fine group of musicians, performing from the soaring tower of Mead Chapel. The melodic sounds of the carillon bells are a staple of summer life on the Middlebury campus. Free

Elizabeth Graves-Vitu.JPGJuly 1, Friday

Elizabeth Graves-Vitu and Laurent Pie, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Elizabeth Graves-Vitu is the Carillonneur for the cities of Perpignan and Carcasonne, France.  Free


George_Matthew_Jr-carillonJuly 4, Monday

George Matthew Jr., carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

George Matthew Jr. is the Carillonneur for both Middlebury College and Norwich University. He will be playing American music composed for the Carillon.  Free 

meadchapel-middleburycollege-wbannersJuly 8, Friday

Laura Ellis, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Laura Ellis is the Carillonneur at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Free


Elena_Sadina-carillonJuly 15, Friday

Elena Sadina, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Elena Sadina is the Carillonneur for the Middlebury Summer Russian Language School and Belgian Carillon School. Free 

Sergei_Gratchev-carillonJuly 22, Friday

Sergei Gratchev, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Sergei Gratchev is the Carillonneur for the Middlebury Summer Russian Language School and also for the city of Hulst, Netherlands. Free 

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Amy Heebner '93 , carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Amy Heebner, Middlebury College class of ’93, is the City Carillonneur for Albany, New York. Free

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George Matthew Jr. , carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

George Matthew Jr. is the Carillonneur for both Middlebury College and Norwich University. He will be playing a program of music entirely composed by women. Free 

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August 12, Friday

Sergei Gratchev, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Sergei Gratchev is the Carillonneur for the Middlebury Summer Russian Language School and also for the city of Hulst, Netherlands. Free 

*Note: George Matthew Jr. was originally schedule to perform this recital, but is missing his first performance in 60 years due to unforseen circumstances. 

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George Matthew Jr. 

3:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

George Matthew Jr., the Carillonneur for both Middlebury College and Norwich University, will play the final concert of the summer, before Language Schools Graduation. Middlebury College’s Summer Carillon Concert series celebrates its 31st season with a fine group of musicians from around the world, performing from the soaring tower of Mead Chapel. The melodic sounds of the carillon bells are a staple of summer life on the Middlebury campus. Free


About Middlebury's Carillon

  • A carillon is set up like a keyboard, with black and white keys and foot pedals that can help produce different kinds of sound. Each key is connected by wire to a bell clapper so different bells are rung depending on which key is struck.
  • It is a 75-step climb up to Middlebury's bell tower, atop Mead Memorial Chapel. The Middlebury Carillon is considered a traditional carillon of 48 bells.
  • The pitch of Middlebury's heaviest bell is E in the middle octave. It is a 2,300-pound bell; roughly the same weight as the Liberty Bell.
  • In 1915, the instrument was begun with eleven bells by the Meneely bellfoundry in Watervliet, NY. Nine bells remain from that work.
  • In 1986, the instrument was enlarged to its present size with bells made by Paccard-Fonderie des Cloches in Annecy, France. The enhanced carillon was presented as a gift from then Chairman of the Board of Trustees Allen Dragone '50 (and his wife Jane) in 1986. 27 bells remain from that work.
  • In 2001, 12 bells were recast or replaced in 2001 by Meeks & Watson of Georgetown, OH.
  • bells-2The bell on the left of this picture of Middlebury's carillon is inscribed with the following quote by Lord Alfred Tennyson: “Ring in the valiant man and free the larger heart, the kindlier hand! Ring out the darkness of the land, ring in the Christ that is to be!”
  • Learn more about our college carillonneur, George Matthew Jr.

 

 

 

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