Service Touch: 27Apr2014

We rang on 5 bells (13456) and it was nice to have Barbara back.  Marguerite was kind enough to open the tower yesterday for Tin-Shi Tam who is in town for a convention at the New World College of the Arts.  Tin-Shi is a “carillonneur” from Iowa State University, Des Moines.  She left a CD of carillon bell music that she made at Iowa State where she teaches and rings every day.  A carillon is a musical instrument of cast-bronze, cup-shaped bells that have been precisely tuned to sound harmonious together. Carillons may have from 23 to 77 bells. Carillon bells are hung in a campanile, a free-standing tower. They are connected by wires to a console with a keyboard and pedals. The chime, a series of 22 or fewer bells, has roots in China from around 500 B.C. In the 16th century the chime evolved into the carillon of England, the Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France. We all look forward to listening to the CD!