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Springfield Park District Hosts 60th International Carillon Festival


Contact: Carlo van Ulft
Date: May 31, 2022
Phone: 217-414-1914


[Springfield, IL]
– The 60th International Carillon Festival will take place starting this Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00pm through Sunday, June 5th at historic Washington Park here in Springfield. This year’s Festival features concerts over four days with performers from around the world, United States and even another year with local talent!

Take in performances by local artists between International Carillon players. Including: Springfield Municipal Band, Springfield Saxophone Quartet, the Trinity Wind Esemble and a meet-and-greet and book signing opportunity from the author D.R. Ransdell, who wrote the book, “Carillon Chase!” A novel/mystery revolving around the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois.

Don’t forget our legendary Fireworks display on Friday, June 3rd at Dusk with musical accompaniment from Carlo van Ulft.

For a PDF of the Festival program with a full line-up and bios of our guest carillonists, please visit: carillon-rees.org.

The Festival is presented by the Springfield Park District – with additional financial and volunteer support from the Rees Carillon Society, The Carillon Belles, and the Washington Park Botanical Garden. The Carillon Festival features the world’s leading carillonists and is considered among the most important carillon event of its kind.
Concerts are free-of-charge and take place rain or shine. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. There will be a large viewing screen at the base of the tower to observe the performers.

Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Garden with the unique accompaniment of carillon music!

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The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is the gift of Senator Thomas Rees, publisher of the Illinois State Register
from 1881 until his death in 1933.

The 67 cast-bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7 ½ tons. The carillon was cast by the 300-year-old
bell foundry of Petit & Fritsen, Ltd., in Aarle-Rixtel, The Netherlands. All of the bells are played manually from a
keyboard located in the carillonist’s cabin on level 8 of the 12-story tower.

60th International Carillon Festival Schedule:

Thursday, June 2

6:00 p.m. The Springfield Municipal Band, directed by Tom Philbrick
6:30 p.m. Carlo van Ulft, Illinois
7:20 p.m. Doug Gefvert, Washington, DC

Friday, June 3

6:00 p.m. The Springfield Saxophone Quartet
6:30 p.m. Monika Kazmierczak, Poland
7:20 p.m. Frank DellaPenna, Pennsylvania
Dusk Fireworks(with additional noise on the carillon provided by Carlo van Ulft)

Saturday, June 4

5:30 p.m. Book Reading of the Carillon Chase by D.R. Ransdell
6:30 p.m. Doug Gefvert, Washington, DC
7:20 p.m. Carson Landry, Florida

Sunday, June 5

6:00 p.m. the Trinity Wind Esemble, directed by Jan Zepp
6:30 p.m. Monika Kazmierczak, Poland
7:20 p.m. Carlo van Ulft, Illinois


For information about other programs of the Springfield Park District, please visit our website at www.springfieldparks.org