UCSB Carillon Studio Recital

Event Date: 

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Storke Tower (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
ahill@music.ucsb.edu
 
 
The UCSB Carillon Studio will present a recital on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10-11 a.m. The program will include the premiere of Nick Mazuk's "Features for Brass and Carillon," featuring UCSB brass players David Nakazono (trumpet), Lily Apar (trumpet), Dylan Aguilera (trombone), Nick Mazuk (trombone) and Margo Halsted on carillon. In addition to the brass feature, Angela Albay-Yenney, David Hwang, Sophia Tao, and Iris Xie of the UCSB Carillon Studio will perform solos and duets for carillon. Admission is free.
 
About the Storke Tower Carillon
 
UCSB's Storke Tower and its carillon were a gift from Thomas Storke, former publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press. The instrument consists of 61 bells cast by Petit & Fritsen of the Netherlands, with the bells weighing from 18 pounds to 2.5 tons, and spanning five octaves. The UCSB carillon is a much larger modern copy of historical instruments that were invented approximately 500 years ago in the Low Countries of Europe. Tower bells had previously been used for signaling time and for additional signals such as "Close the City Gates", "Go to church", and "An enemy is coming." Eventually, the number of bells was increased and were hooked up to a keyboard to facilitate the performance of music. A melody was often played to attract the attention of the townspeople before the hour bell tolled the time throughout the day. A carillon is played with the fists and feet, and the action is completely mechanical. To vary the dynamics of the music, the performer must strike the key harder or use a lighter touch, much like a piano.
 
Want to learn more about Storke Tower and the history of the UCSB carillon? Please take a look at this 2014 UCSB Current interview with UCSB's Carillonist, Margo Halsted.