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2005.05.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Free Carillon Concert May 21 at UNO

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a free carillon concert in memory of Rose Henningson and Helen Henningson Grimes Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

The event, featuring UNO Carilloneur James Johnson, is open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and gather near the Henningson Memorial Campanile on the grassy area between University Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Johnson, the Spire Professor of Music at UNO, will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Susato, Handel and d'Hart.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. It was donated to UNO in 1989 by the late Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister.

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the 47 bells is 24,408 pounds.

For more information, call (402) 554-3411.

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