The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) presented the annual Fourth of July Celebration Recital, which was presented virtually on YouTube and SoundCloud.
This performance was be led by carilloneur Brent Shaw and feature a variety of selections performed on the bronze bells of the Campanile. Songs performed include "America the Beautiful," by Samuel Ward, "Hallelujah," by Leonard Cohen, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon, and the Star Spangled Banner.
How You Can Watch or Listen
The recital video and SoundCloud audio are included below.
- Watch the recital video on YouTube
- Listen to the recital on SoundCloud
- Download the Recital program
- Learn about the Henningson Memorial Campanile
The Henningson Memorial Campanile is a visible part of the Omaha skyline and the UNO campus. In an issue of "UNO Today" from 1989, Margre Henningson-Durham was quoted as saying: "This campanile is a reflection of my parents’ and sister’s loyalty to this community in so many ways. My sister attended the Municipal University of Omaha; my mother loved music, and my father, although he was born in Iowa, was proud of living in Omaha."
A Campus Icon
The Henningson Memorial Campanile stands 16-stories tall (168 feet).
47 Bronze Bells
The Henningson Memorial Campanile contains 47 bronze bells, weighing a combined 24,468 lbs. (nearly 2.5 tons). The largest bell weighs in at 4,397 lbs., is 5 ft. in diameter and 4 ft. tall, it's pitch is a C. Each bell contains an inscription from the members of the Henningson Family, and has a 4 octave range.
In Loving Memory
UNO broke ground for the tower’s foundation in May of 1988, and it was completed in 1989 thanks to a donation from Margre Henningson-Durham, who with her husband Charles W. Durham were significant donors for the Durham Science Center. The campanile’s construction is in memory of Margre’s parents, Henning and Rose Henningson, and sister, Helen Henningson-Grimes.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.