Carillon Tolling Halloween Selections For Athens Trick-Or-Treaters

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 28 2010

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712 
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Carillon Tolling Halloween Selections For Athens Trick-Or-Treaters

ATHENS - The bells of the Marsh Memorial Carillon will add to the trick-or-treating atmosphere in Athens Saturday, Oct. 30. A special Halloween recital will be performed on the world-class musical instrument located on the Concord University campus beginning at 6 p.m.

The concert coincides with Athens trick-or-treat hours which are 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

Concord carillonneur Jesse Ratcliffe said the 30-minute program features selections with a Halloween theme. Included are: “Toccata in D-Minor,” by J.S. Bach (arr. Jesse Ratcliffe); “Dirge,” by Samuel Barber; “Prelude on ‘Dies Irae,’ ” by W. Lawrence Curry; and “Study in D-Minor,” by Staf Nees.

The Marsh Memorial Carillon is West Virginia’s only true carillon with 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. The late Joseph F. Marsh, Jr., president emeritus of Concord, donated the carillon to the University.