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Rees Memorial Carillon

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wetravelalot007 wrote a review Mar 2021
Rossville, Indiana1041 contributions593 helpful votes
What a unique experience. We had been looking for unique ideas to experience when we moved to the area. We read about this attraction in Washinton Park and noted it. We finally realized our goal to experience one of these concerts in September. There was an Art Fair being held at the park so we decided to visit the art fair and take in one of the Carillon's regular weekend concerts. This Carillon is one of only a very limited few that is open to the public in the world. This is a bell tower comprised of 67 bells and is played by a carrillonist. It is a huge musical instrument. The concerts are held at different times based off the season you are in. You can check the Visit Springfield webpage for the exact concert times but typically from May to September they are offering two concerts a day for Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 6:30pm. They offer some weekday concerts but check the calendar for when they will have them. This was an enjoyable unique experience. When you can experience something that you do not get to see often it adds to the experience. This place is unique and highly recommended. Will this experience fill you with wonder and joy, not likely. However if you enjoy something different and unique this is worthy of a stop. It is a free experience what do you have to lose?
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Dwayne G wrote a review Aug 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri303 contributions95 helpful votes
Check the schedule on-line. We went on Wed, they had theme concerts each week at 6:30. Fun to feel the power of the carillon. 67 bells, largest weighs 7.5 tons! Special hint, we found a monitor near the door that allowed us to watch the musician live.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Birthday-Gal wrote a review Oct 2019
Springfield, Illinois935 contributions166 helpful votes
Try to hit during the Carillon Festival in June but if not they have Christmas time concerts and/or just listen to the bells. We are very fortunate to have this thanks to a very generous contributor in the past. One of the best around the world!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Tara B wrote a review Jul 2019
Dubuque, Iowa78 contributions7 helpful votes
I would suggest checking their website before planning your visit. They have music concerts only at certain times. If it rains, they will not have the concert. Your visit will include an elevator ride and watching a video. However you will have amazing views from the top. When we were there someone was practicing playing and that can only be heard from the inside. If for some reason you go during the times they have tours and it says on the door “will be back,” it’s because they can’t be open while having a tour and will close the doors. Just wait, might take 30 minutes.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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interceptpubs wrote a review Jun 2019
Columbus, Indiana1004 contributions478 helpful votes
Washington Park is home to a Dutch-cast 67 bell carillon, one of the world's largest, with a 5-1/2 octave range. It was a gift of local newspaper publisher and one-term state senator, Thomas Rees, who fell in love with Carillons while in Europe during World War I. Housed in a bell tower near the botanical gardens in the park, the Carillon is used for concerts throughout the year. We happened to be in Springfield at the start of the week-long international festival so decided to attend the first evening's concert. This consisted of alternating carillon and live band performances on a pleasant evening with the park and gardens as a backdrop. The band started with a selection of marches which was followed by the Dutch-born director of the Rees Carillon, Carlo Van Ulft, performing a series of classical selections. The band then returned for another short session and then Lisa Lonie, the resident carillonneur at Princeton University and two Philadelphia area churches, performed. If you happen to be in the area when they have a concert, be sure to take it in - it is great music and a lot of fun.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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