Citadel carillon takes center stage at first outdoor concert
This weekend early American patriotic music and composers will be featured in the first of four summer recitals at The Citadel’s Thomas Dry Howie Memorial Carillon and Tower.
Guests are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this outdoor concert, which begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3 in front of the carillon between the Summerall Chapel and Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus. Admission and parking are free. No alcohol please.
The concert is sponsored by The Citadel Class of 1957 and will feature carillonneur Richard Scott of Summerville. Scott plays the carillon after weekly military dress parades and other special events.
Additional recitals are planned for 5 p.m. July 17, Aug. 7 and 21. Guests will be permitted to go inside the bell tower following each concert.
The Thomas Dry Howie Memorial Carillon and Tower was donated to The Citadel by Charles E. Daniel, ‘18, and R. Hugh Daniel, ‘29, in tribute to their friend, Maj. Thomas Dry Howie, ’29, the famed "Major of St. Lo," who was killed in action at Normandy during World War II.
The carillon had fallen into disrepair and remained silent for nearly 20 years until 2004 when the bells were finally restored in a project led by Harry van Bergen, ’57, president of the van Bergen Co. of Charleston, which specializes in custom bells and carillons. Plans are currently in the works to create a museum in the bell tower.
The Citadel carillon is one of the largest Dutch bell installations in the Western Hemisphere. It was cast at the famous Royal Bergen Bellfoundries in Heiligerlee, The Netherlands. The 59 bells vary in size from 25 pounds to the 4,400 pounds. The bells are hung in a stationary position and are played from a concert keyboard at the top of the tower.For more information about the carillon recitals, call 832-9013.