The International Carillon Festival, first held in 1962, is lauded as one of the world’s most important and prestigious carillon events. The Festival has earned an unsurpassed tradition of presenting the world’s finest carillonneurs. During the past five decades, the Festival has featured carillonneurs from: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.
Presented by the Springfield Park District with the support of The Rees Carillon Society and The Carillon Bells, concerts are held each evening. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well as lawn chairs and blankets. There is large video screen are the base of the Carillon which allows the audience to view the playing keyboard and carillonneur during the performance.
53rd International Carillon Festival June 4 - 8, 2014 - Full Program (click here)
Wednesday, June 4
7:00 PM - Frans Haagen, The Netherlands
7:45 PM - LINCOLN AND THE MUSIC HE LOVED*** - To kick off this year's 53rd International Carillon Festival, Park District carillonneur Robin Austin is joined by soprano Gailyn Draper and tenor Jerry Hicks in a special program of music that Lincoln loved. The program will be narrated by Christian McWhirter, author of the new book, Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music of the Civil War.
***Join us every Wednesday at 7:00 PM (June 11 - September 24) for a special carillon concert featuring LINCOLN AND THE MUSIC HE LOVED with living history presenters, in full period dress, thanks to the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. Concert is free-of-charge. Carillon tours, which begin at 6:30 PM are $3.50 for adults and $2.75 for children.
Thursday, June 5
6:30pm - Jim Rogers, USA
7:00pm - Claire Halpert, USA
7:45pm - Frans Haagen, The Netherlands
Friday, June 6
6:30pm - Caleb Melamed, USA
7:00pm - Robin Austin, USA
7:45pm - Claire Halpert, USA
9:15pm - Festival Fireworks (Rain date: Saturday, June 7)
Saturday, June 7
Noon - Festival Luncheon - For information contact Barb Walker at (217) 787-3532 or email@example.com
6:30pm - Patrick Knox (student concert), USA
7:00pm - Eddy Marien, Belgium
7:45pm - Geert D’hollander, USA and Belgium
8:30pm - Cast in Bronze, USA
Sunday, June 8
3:00pm - Student Concert
6:30pm - Annie Gregurich (student concert), USA
7:00pm - Geert D’hollander, USA and Belgium
7:45pm - Eddy Marien, Belgium