Live Carillon Concert Scheduled for Athens-Concord Town Social

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 04 2009

CONTACT: Greg Quick
Concord University
Interim Vice President for Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
Office: (304) 384-5318 -

Live Carillon Concert Scheduled for Athens-Concord Town Social

Athens, W.Va. - A live carillon concert will welcome guests to the Athens-Concord Town Social Sunday, Aug. 9 at Concord University in Athens. This special prelude to the annual festivities is being performed by Concord student carilloneaur Jesse Ratcliffe on the Marsh Memorial Carillon from 1:50 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Town Social will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the university’s front lawn.
Ratcliffe said he will be performing “a variety of pieces from harpsichord and guitar transcriptions to a few neighborhood favorites.” The distinctive sounds of the bells will be audible across campus and into parts of town.

A resident of Hinton, Ratcliffe is an interdisciplinary-music (organ) and history major anticipating a Dec. 2009 graduation. The carillon sparked his interest as a freshman. “The first day on campus I noticed the carillon and found it intriguing,” he said. “However, it wasn't until my sophomore year when Dr. (Timothy) Mainland (Concord Division of Fine Arts) approached me with the opportunity to be the student carilloneaur that I gained respect for the instrument.”

Along with live performances, Ratcliffe has other responsibilities as student carilloneaur. “I program the carillon’s daily recitals, help coordinate guest recitals and schedule maintenance,” he said. “Because of my connection with the Concord carillon, I have been hired by the Christoph Paccard Bellfoundries, the company which installed and services Concord’s carillon, as a technician and salesman.”

The Marsh Memorial Carillon at Concord University is a true carillon with 48 bells and a four-octave musical range. The largest bell (called “the bourdon”) weighs 4,310 pounds. It is a world-class instrument and classified as a “concert” carillon. A true carillon has no electrical amplification and consists of at least 23 tuned, cast bronze bells. In addition to being played manually, Concord’s bells can be played automatically using a computer. President Emeritus Joseph F. Marsh, Jr., donated the carillon to Concord.

The Town Social features craft vendors, live musical entertainment, door prizes, children’s games, a complimentary hot dog lunch and more. Individuals and a business that have enhanced the community and campus life of Athens and Concord University will be honored during the afternoon gathering.

The 1959 Athens High School State Championship basketball team will hold a reunion at the Town Social with cheerleaders, the team manager and team members in attendance. Reunions for the Athens High School Class of 1959 and Class of 1979 will also be held that day.

For more information on the Town Social contact Lynne White, Athens-Concord Town Social Committee Chairperson, at 1-304-384-4117.


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