We arrived a couple days ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan after a very busy few days in Chicago, where we played four concerts in three days. In the last few days we got ready for our next concert series that starts today in St. Mary’s of Redford. Below is a quick overview of the Chicago concerts and a little teaser of our upcoming concerts!
Plainfield United Methodist Church – Sunday, June 26
In Plainfield, IL we began our concert tour on the smallest carillon possible, 23 bells tuned in meantone. It was not the easiest to play because of the tuning of the bells, and the really high temperature… but we had a lot of fun anyway! We played a mix of solo and duet pieces, including some classical pieces as well as popular songs like You Are My Sunshine, Hit the Road Jack, American Pie, Les Champs-Elysees, and more.
The keyboard is really small and has no pedals:
This instrument was not always a carillon; it started as a chime, and there are some silent witnesses of that in the playing cabin:
The tower is also really low (meaning, fewer stairs to climb!), and is the oldest church in the area:
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago – Sunday, June 26
In one day, we went from the smallest carillon to the biggest carillon possible—the heaviest carillon in the world weighing a dazzling 100 tons in total. Of course, here we were a bit more comfortable playing our duets!
Here, you can see how big the keyboard actually is:
From these 2 concerts they also made dvd’s, that we will put online once we are back in Belgium.
Botanic gardens of Chicago – Monday, June 27
As third concert of the Chicago series we played in this beautiful garden, where we played for a big audience of at least 350 people.
The audience was scattered around the gardens, but some listeners can be seen here from a distance:
Naperville – Tuesday, June 28
The last concert of the Chicago series was in a big park in Naperville near Chicago. We lucked out again with beautiful weather for our concert!
The Moser Tower and the Millennium Carillon:
The playing console:
Some of our audience: