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2011.04.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Carillon Concert Set for Saturday, April 30

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus community and public can attend a carillon concert Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. The event, which should last about 45 minutes, is free and open to the public.

Attendees are invited to enjoy the spring weather and stand or sit on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. James Johnson, a Department of Music professor, and graduate student Shannon Richards will play the carillon in honor of the late Margre Henningson Durham’s birthday.

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. Chuck Durham has also passed away. 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.

Richards has studied with Johnson, practices the carillon several hours a week and has joined the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America. This is her final concert before graduating. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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