Concordia Seminary, St. Louis invites friends and neighbors in the St. Louis area to come to campus for beautiful June evenings listening to the carillon.
The annual Summer Carillon Series, part of the 2019-20 Concordia Seminary Concert Series, will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in June. All recitals are free and open to the public. Following St. Louis County guidelines, guests must observe safe physical distancing from others while on campus.
“The carillon concerts at Concordia Seminary are a delightful way to spend Tuesday evenings in June,” said Dean of Chapel Dr. Kent Burreson. “The carillon is a unique instrument allowing one to hear music written for the carillon and music written for other instruments adapted for the carillon. It can perform music that is joyous, reflective, playful and devotional. Each concert at the hands of Seminary carillonneur Karel Keldermans and guest carillonneur Roy Kroezen will be an enriching and unparalleled experience.”
The carillon at Concordia Seminary is one of only 170 such instruments in North America. The 49 bells have been played atop Luther Tower since 1971, and are dedicated to all pastors who have served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). It is housed in Luther Tower, the 120-foot structure designed by architect Charles Klauder and dedicated in 1966.
Concerts will be held on the following dates:
- Tuesday, June 2 — Karel Keldermans, Springfield, Ill., carillonneur
- Tuesday, June 9 — Karel Keldermans, Springfield, Ill., carillonneur
- Tuesday, June 16 — Roy Kroezen, Centralia, Ill., carillonneur
- Tuesday, June 23 — Karel Keldermans, Springfield, Ill., carillonneur
- Tuesday, June 30 — Karel Keldermans, Springfield, Ill., carillonneur
A program, which includes the pieces of music to be played and a biography of the featured carillonneur, is available by clicking on the above links for each concert.
Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets to campus and sit outdoors to enjoy the music. All guests must observe physical distancing guidelines as noted on signage placed around the campus.
In the event of rain, the concert will continue unless the carillonneur feels it is unsafe.
Learn more about the Seminary’s carillon at csl.edu/campus-landmarks/. Concordia Seminary is located at 801 Seminary Place in Clayton, Mo.
Find out more about the Concordia Seminary Concert Series at csl.edu/concertseries.
About Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit csl.edu.