2006.04.19 > For Immediate Release
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April 30 Carillon Concert to Commemorate Birthday of Margre Henningson Durham
Omaha - The bells on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus will ring Sunday, April 30, to commemorate the birthday of the late Margre Henningson Durham.
UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn and George Clement beginning at 11:45 a.m. The event – hosted by the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media – is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their lawn chairs, as seating will be available on the grassy area between University Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center.
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 Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister.
"The carillon provides a specialized instrument for our students to learn to play, an instrument that few campuses possess, as well as opportunities for a diverse series of concerts," said Robert Welk, dean of the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. "The July 4th concert is well known to the community, especially the immediate Dundee neighborhood. It is hoped that the new series of Henningson family birthday concerts will become as popular."
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.
The carillon is played manually from an ivory keyboard within the tower or from an electrical keyboard and computer system located in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. An automatic stair descends from the tower, permitting access to the elevator that rises to the carillon studio directly under the bells at the top of the structure.
Johnson, the Spire Professor of Music at UNO, performs regularly scheduled carillon concerts each year.
For more information about the April 30 concert, call 402.554.2232 or 402.554.2762.
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