The 2015 Summer Carillon Series

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carillon_bells_largeWelcome to our 87th at Christ Church Cranbrook Simmer Carillon Concert Series  featuring an exciting roster of carillonneurs bringing their skills to the church’s beautiful 50-bell carillon. The series runs Sundays at 4 PM., July 5th through August 9th.

Margaret Pan of Toronto, Canada opens the six-program series on Independence Day weekend. An astrophysicist, this will be her first recital at Christ Church Cranbrook. Other newcomers include Sally Harwood of Williamston, Michigan on July 19th and Olesya Rostovskaya of St. Petersburg, Russia on August 2nd. Ms. Rostovskaya will play a unique program that includes music of the Russian church, Russian classical music and her own compositions. This is a must-attend afternoon.

On July 12th, carillon duo Janet Tebbel and Lisa Lonie will delight the audience with their energetic four-handed musicianship. Sue Bergren of Naperville, Illinois returns to Christ Church Cranbrook on July 26th, and Culver Academies carillonneur John Gouwens concludes the busy season with a challenging program on August 9th.

Tower tours will be offered on several Sundays following recitals. A Christ Church Cranbrook docent will be in the sanctuary an hour before each program to answer questions and conduct brief tours, and plans are under way for some pre-recital preludes to add to the interest and enjoyment of the afternoon. Carillon series programs are free and open to the public and include printed programs and refreshments at the hospitality tent.