William H. Reynolds Memorial Carillon Concert performed by guest carillonneur Melissa Weidne
RIVERSIDE, CA –
The University of California, Riverside, Department of Music presents the annual William H. Reynolds Memorial Carillon Concert performed by guest carillonneur Melissa Weidner. This year’s program includes works by Mozart, Fauré, and Shostakovitch in remembrance of William Reynolds, former Chair of the UCR Music Department, and musical advisor in the acquisition of the carillon which is enjoyed throughout the year by the UCR community.
The UC Riverside Bell Tower houses the carillon comprised of 48 magnificent cast bronze cup-shaped bells, arranged chromatically and precisely tuned so thatseveral bells can be sounded harmoniously together. The bells are sounded by striking a series of wooden levers with the side of the hand or fingers andwith the feet.
Melissa Weidner holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory degree from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Music in Sacred Music degree from The Catholic University of America. Awarded a full academic scholarship, Weidner began her carillon study at The Catholic University of America with Robert Grogan, who was also her organ instructor. She later continued her carillon studies with Todd Fair and Carol Jickling Lens at the University of Denver.
In 2009, Weidner passed the carillonneur advancement examination at the Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America held at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Since thattime, she has given carillon recitals in six different states, including performances at Yale University and Princeton University.
March 10, 2012
Saturday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
UC Riverside Bell Tower
Free and open to the public