Carillon Concert Set for May 7 at Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
May 04 2010

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Carillon Concert Set for May 7 at Concord University

Athens, W.Va. - The Marsh Memorial Carillon will be featured in a live concert Friday, May 7, 2010 at 3 p.m. on the Concord University campus in Athens. The performance is in remembrance of Concord University President Emeritus Joseph Franklin Marsh Jr.

Marsh, who provided funding for the carillon as a gift to Concord in memory of his family, passed away in December 2009.
The upcoming recital will be performed by Concord University student carilloneaur Jesse Ratcliffe. A senior, Ratcliffe is an interdisciplinary-music and history major from Hinton.

Ratcliffe said the program includes “a broad range from original pieces to classical to popular tunes…a good mix everybody will enjoy.”

The concert is free-of-charge and the public is invited to attend. Guests are asked to gather in the lobby of the Alexander Fine Arts Center prior to the event.

A world-class instrument, the Marsh Memorial Carillon has 48 bells and a four-octave musical range. The largest bell, called “the bourdon,” weighs 4,310 pounds. A “true” carillon has no electrical amplification and consists of at least 23 tuned, cast bronze bells. A “concert” carillon has 47 or more bells. In addition to being played manually, Concord’s carillon can be programmed to play automatically.