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2012.06.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Belltower Concert Set for July 4

Omaha - The bells on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus will sound in honor of America on Wednesday, July 4, for “Let Freedom Ring,” an outdoor carillon concert beginning at 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform a 40-minute concert of patriotic and American folk music. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and sit on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The concert will occur rain or shine. The community is invited to listen from their cars should inclement weather occur.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over theUNO 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. Margre Durham passed away in 1999; Chuck Durham passed away in 2008.

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.

Johnson, the coordinator of keyboard studies at UNO, has earned a distinguished international reputation through his recordings and performances with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Soloists, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, and the Boston Pops.

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