Carillonneurs from the U.S. and the Netherlands will give free concerts at Tagart Memorial Chapel from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings, July 6 through August 3, rain or shine. Tours of the bell tower will be available after the concerts on July 6, 13, and 20.
July 6 Buck Lyon-Vaiden, McDonogh School
Bring a picnic supper, lawn chairs and blankets, or listen from your parked car. Seating is also available in the chapel. Children are welcome to use the playground behind Elderkin Hall.
The McDonogh carillon, one of approximately 180 in North America, consists of 48 bells, ranging in weight from 24 pounds to 1.6 tons. It is one of only two of its size in Maryland.
A carillon is connected with mechanical wires to a keyboard and a pedalboard. The keyboard is split into two rows of spindle-like wooden keys that are struck by half- closed fists. The pedalboard, similar to that of an organ, controls the two lowest octaves. Carillon music includes classical, hymns, folk, popular melodies, and original compositions.
The bells were cast and tuned in the Netherlands by the Petit and Fritsen Foundry, which dates back to 1660.
For more information, call 410-363-0600.