For whom the bell tolls: Oakland University’s Summer Carillon Series kicks off July 6

For whom the bell tolls: Oakland University’s Summer Carillon Series kicks off July 6
2018 Carillon Concert
The 2018 Summer Carillon Concert Series kicks off on July 6 with a concert by OU's resident carillonneur, Dennis Curry, and will continue for six Fridays.

This summer, Oakland University will host a series of free summer carillon concerts featuring carillonneurs from around the world.

The series kicks off on July 6 with a concert by OU's resident carillonneur, Dennis Curry, and will continue for six Fridays.

“The 6 Fridays @ 6 Summer Carillon Series is a great way to start the weekend,” Curry said.

The concerts will take place at 6 p.m. on Fridays next to the Elliott Tower on OU’s campus. The tower features a fully chromatic 49-bell carillon, which was the last carillon to have its bells and keyboard cast by the Petit and Fritsen Royal Bellfoundry in the Netherlands.

“Bring family, friends and a picnic to enjoy the fountain and this unique instrument,” Curry said.

Guest performers are recognized international carillonneurs who will provide a wide variety of music. Performers include:

2018 Carillon Concert
The Carillon Bells

• July 6: Dennis Curry of Oakland University & Kirk in the Hills

• July 13: Roy Kroezen of Centralia, Ill.

• July 20: Joey Brink of the University of Chicago

• July 27: Philippe Buellens of Leuven, Belgium

• August 3: Muye Zhang of Yale University

• August 10: Julianne Vanden Wyngaard of Grand Valley State University

“The opening concert will feature kids of all ages, with face painting, craft projects and, of course, the sounds of the bells,” Curry said.

Tours of the tower will follow each recital.

To learn more about Oakland University’s Elliott Tower, visit oakland.edu/elliot-tower. For more information about the 6 Fridays @ 6 Summer Carillon Series, visit oakland.edu/cas/events or contact Dennis Curry at dncurry@oakland.edu.