A three-concert Carillon Festival takes place this August on the University of Connecticut’s Austin C. Dunham Memorial Carillon, housed in the steeple of the Storrs Congregational Church UCC’s Meeting House.
These outdoor concers are free of charge and open to the public. Seating is on the lawn… feel free to bring along your picnic baskets, chairs, and blankets! Desserts will be available by donation.
The concerts will take place rain or shine: concerts move indoors into the SCC Meeting House in the event of inclement weather.
Thursday, August 14th @ 6:30 pm
- Opening Act: Jazz singer June Bisantz – Vocalist June Bisantz has co-written and produced several collections of vocal jazz. Her most recent release, “Let’s Fall in Love,” based on the work of the legendary Chet Baker, has received airplay internationally.
- Carillonneur: Tatyana Lukyanova – Guest carillnneur Tatiana Lukyanova is an organist and accompanist at the South United Methodist Church in Manchester, Connecticut, and carillonneur at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC in New Britain, Connecticut. Lukyanova has performed internationally on both organ and carillon.
Thursday, August 21st @ 6:30 pm
- Opening Act: Blegrass/gospel group “Beck ‘n Call” – Formed under the leadership of David Hagan, they play eclectic Americana including bluegrass, folk, blues, Gospel, and retro pop, and include Celtic folk now and then.
- Carillonneur: George Matthew Jr. – Guest carillnneur George Matthew Jr. has been carillonneur of Middlebury College and Norwich University in Vermont since 1986. He has made 32 carillon concert tours of the USA and 12 of Europe.
Sunday, August 24 @ 4:00 pm: Welcome Back UConn Concert & Ice Cream Social
SCC joyfully welcomes back the UConn student community on move-in weekend with a concert by carillonneur-in-residence David Maker and a free ice cream social. Take a break from unpacking boxes and buying books, and enjoy a nice afternoon on the lawn with beautiful music!
Maker, originally a percussionist and keyboard player, assumed stewardship of the Dunham Carillon in 1994, performing, teaching, and undertaking many public relations initiatives. His advocacy resulted in the instruments renovation in 2010-11. From 2007-09, he also served as carillonneur of Trinity College in Hartford.