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2013.06.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Annual 'Let Freedom Ring' Bell Tower Concert July 4

Omaha - An Omaha landmark that stands tall among the city’s skyline will stand tall in honor of America on Thursday, July 4, as the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) hosts the 24th Annual “Let Freedom Ring” carillon concert.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Independence Day, UNO’s Henningson Memorial Campanile’s 47 bronze bells will chime with classic patriotic songs, and some modern favorites, performed by carillonneur Brent Shaw.

The event is free and open to the public. UNO parking will be open and available between the Criss Library and Strauss Performing Arts Center on the north side of UNO’s Dodge Campus, as well as lots adjacent to the Sapp Fieldhouse and Health, Physical Education and Recreation building on the south side of UNO’s Dodge Campus.

The concert will be held, rain or shine.

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. Margre Durham passed away in 1999; Chuck Durham passed away in 2008.

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. Its 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.

Shaw serves as a minister of music and evangelism at First United Methodist Church of Lincoln. He received his Master of Music degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. and graduate degree in theology and ministry studies at Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest. Shaw is currently a student of UNO’s resident carillonneur and director of piano studies, James Johnson.

Songs included in this year’s performance will include “Ode to Joy,” “Yankee Doodle,” and even the “Game of Thrones” theme.

For questions or media requests, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relation coordinator, at 402.554.2129 at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

Watch a video of the 2011 'Let Freedom Ring' concert here.

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