Celebrating more than 88 years of musical and cultural heritage, Bok Tower Gardens presents the 23rd International Carillon Festival March 4-12. The highly anticipated music festival features world-renowned carillonneurs performing daily concerts at 1 & 3 p.m. The Visitor Center also features historical exhibits on the history, construction and sound of the carillon from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Festival concerts are included with general admission.
Paradise Found! World Premieres of Rediscovered Compositions
This year’s carillon festival features the exciting debut of five original carillon pieces composed in 1930’s for the Singing Tower by famed composers Rosario Scalero and Gian Carlo Menotti that were recently rediscovered in the archives of the Curtis Institute of Music. The Curtis Institute of Music was founded in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok (1876-1970), wife of Bok Tower Garden’s founder Edward Bok. A partnership between the two organizations allowed for Curtis Institute students to study composition and carillon performance at Bok Tower Gardens.
|Concerts at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Visitor Center also features historical exhiits on the history, construction and sound of the carillon from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This year’s carillon festival features the exciting debut of original carillon pieces composed in 1930’s for the Singing Tower by famed composers Rosario Scalero and Gian Carlo Menotti recently rediscovered in the archives of the Curtis Institute of Music. Gardens’ Carillonneur Geert D’hollander will perform the world premiere of two Scalero compositions on Saturday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m. Guest carillonneur Lisa Lonie will play the Menotti pieces on Thursday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m.
In addition to the rediscovered music, Garden’s Carillonneur Geert D’hollander will play two world premiere compositions commissioned for the International Carillon Festival by recent Blanchard Fellowship recipient Julie Zhu and Collins Fellowship recipient Joey Brink. The world premieres of these compositions will take place on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 12 during the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. concerts.
The 23rd International Carillon Festival is supported and sponsored in part by The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and Don & Pat Jones, Dr. Frank & Carol Drake, Paul & Carol Collins, Ted & Ann Probert, Lawrence and Genevieve Dimmitt in memory of A. Bronson Thayer, past board chairman of Bok Tower Gardens.
23rd INT’L CARILLON FESTIVAL EVENTS
Hidden Garden Melodies
Sunset Mix & Mingle Carillon Concert
Singing Tower Exterior Tour
Goldfish Carillon Children’s Concert
Moonlight Mix and Mingle Carillon Concert
23rd INT’L CARILLON FESTIVAL GUEST CARILLONNEURS