The Bells Will Toll in Concert and Holiday Harmony at Concord, Tuesday, December 7

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 28 2004

The Bells Will Toll in Concert and Holiday Harmony at Concord, Tuesday, December 7

Athens, W.Va. - A carillon concert will be held Tuesday, December 7, at 5 p.m., at Concord University.

David Breneman of the Luray Singing Tower in Luray, Virginia, will serve as guest carillonneur. He has performed at Concord before.

“Guests are invited to stroll the campus and listed to holiday and seasonal favorites performed by Mr. Breneman,” stated Jim Bartlett, director of carillon programming for Concord University. “Bring your family, a lawn chair and a mug of hot chocolate. Settle back and enjoy beautiful music on the ‘campus beautiful.’

“Visitors may also view the carillon playing room in the carillon tower in Marsh Hall.”

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 University include Gerald Martindale, carillonneur for the Metropolitan United Church of Toronto, Canada; Todd Fair, carillonneur for the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and John Courter from Berea College in Kentucky.

Mr. Bartlett encourages civic and church groups to attend. “There will be plenty of free parking,” he stated.

Music CDs featuring the Marsh Memorial Carillon will be available for sale. Several holiday tunes are on the CD.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Mr. Bartlett at 1-304-384-5305 or e-mail


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.