Two carillon concerts planned at The Citadel
Dan Kehoe, carillonneur emeritus of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., will perform two concerts this month at The Citadel’s Thomas Dry Howie Memorial Carillon and Bell Tower.
The first concert will be before and after the 3:45 p.m. military dress parade on Friday, Oct. 24. The second will be at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. The latter is part of a fund-raiser for the Trinity College Club of Charleston.
The concerts are free and open to the public. Concert goers should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to set up near the carillon or on Summerall Field. Alcohol is not permitted on campus. The bells of carillon can be heard in Hampton Park and nearby neighborhoods as well.
The Citadel Carillon, a set of bronze bells, 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, totaling 30,300 pounds in weight, vary in size from 25 pounds to the 4,400 pounds of the great Bourdon, as the lowest brass bell is called. The bells are hung in a stationary position and are played from a concert keyboard of two manuals. The carillon is equipped with a Westminster chime to strike every quarter-hour.
Kehoe, a 1978 graduate of Trinity College, has been playing carillons for nearly 35 years. He began in college, studied with carillonneur Raymond Keldermans and has served as a tour guide for the Rees Carillon in Springfield, Ill. He was appointed Trinity’s first carillonneur in 1982. He currently is on the music staff of Simsbury Methodist Church in Simsbury, Conn.