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Summer Party for the Carillon

UC Riverside’s Bell Tower Turns 40

Fund-raising dinner and concert set for Monday, July 17

(June 28, 2006)

The carillon was dedicated on Oct. 2, 1966Enlarge

The carillon was dedicated on Oct. 2, 1966

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- It has been 40 years since UC Riverside dedicated its landmark carillon tower at the center of campus. A dinner and concert will mark that milestone at 6 p.m. Monday, July 17.

“This will be the third annual Friends of the Carillon fund-raising dinner,” said David Christensen, university carillonneur. “It has been a good way to keep the bells ringing.”

After a dinner at The Barn Restaurant on campus, Christensen and former UCR carilloneur Margo Halsted will play a selection of solos and duets on the 48 tuned bells installed at the top of the tower. All the bells are played from a large keyboard of wooden batons. The largest bell weighs over two and one half tons.

Professor of Music William H. Reynolds researched the instrument, and chose the Paccard Foundry of France to cast the bells. UC Regent Philip Boyd, and his wife, Dorothy, provided the funds for the project. The carillon was dedicated in 1966 and is one of only five true carillons in California.

Cost for the fund-raiser dinner is $35, and $15.95 of that is the cost of the dinner. The rest is tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to the UCR Foundation, indicating “carillon fund” on the check. All money raised will go toward maintaining and funding the carillon.

Parking permits are available at the parking kiosk.

For an additional donation of $50, The Friends of the Carillon are also offering a poster, a limited edition artwork developed by UCR's Center for Visual Computing. Approximately $30 of that donation is tax-deductible.
Mail donations and dinner reservations by July 12th to:
University of California, Riverside
Friends of the Carillon
382 Veitch Student Center-070
Riverside, CA 92521-0211
Proceeds from the sale of the poster will go to maintaining the carillon and keeping the belltower ringing.

Proceeds from the sale of the poster will go to maintaining the carillon and keeping the belltower ringing.

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