Carillon Concert at Concord College, Wednesday, July 10

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 10 2002

Carillon Concert at Concord College, Wednesday, July 10

Athens, W.Va. - Melodies of summer will echo through Athens, W.Va., next month when Concord College hosts guest carillonneur Gerald Martindale.

Martindale was appointed carillonneur for the Metropolitan United Church of Toronto, Canada, in 1997, and studied carillon with Dr. Sydney Shep, former carillonneur of the University of Toronto. He earned a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Windsor, and holds Associate Diplomas in Organ from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Martindale’s carillon playing is featured on a CD produced by the Metropolitan United Church that has been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition to his career as a carillonneur, Mr. Martindale teaches piano, organ, carillon, and theory. He is also very active as an actor for television and film productions. His performance this summer at Concord is one of 26 guest carillon appearances in the United States, England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and Poland.

The summer event, sponsored by Concord College’s division of fine arts, will be the first live carillon concert of the season. Donated by former Concord President Joseph Marsh, Jr., the Marsh Memorial Carillon is West Virginia’s only true "grand" carillon and one of 120 "concert" carillons in the nation. Concord’s carillon consists of 48 bronze bells cast by the Paccard Founderie at Annecy, France, and was dedicated on the Athens campus in 1997.

Past guest carillonneurs at Concord College include David Breneman of the Luray Singing Tower in Luray, Va., and John Courter from Berea College in Kentucky.

The concert will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2002, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served on the deck of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. Jim Bartlett, director of programming at Concord encourages civic and church groups to attend "for a relaxing summer evening—with plenty of parking!"

Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this concert.

For more information, contact Mr. Bartlett at 1-304-384-5305 or 1-304-324-2203.