Concordia Seminary, St. Louis invites friends and neighbors in the St. Louis area to gather their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners, and come to campus for beautiful summer June evenings listening to the carillon.
The annual Summer Carillon Series will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in June. All recitals are free and open to the public.
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.
“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 performers is an enriching and unparalleled experience.”
Recitals will be held on the following dates:
- Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m. — Karel Keldermans, Springfield, Ill., carillonneur
- Tuesday, June 11, 7 p.m. — Andree-Anne Doane, Montreal, Canada, carillonneur
- Tuesday, June 18, 7 p.m. — Karel Keldermans, Springfield, Ill., carillonneur
- Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m. — Bernard Winsemius, Amsterdam, Netherlands, carillonneur
Guests are invited to enjoy the music from the Main Quadrangle or on the Seminary grounds near Luther Statue. In the event of rain, guests may gather under the archways and tower on campus. The concert will continue unless the carillonneur feels it is unsafe.
Learn more about the Seminary’s carillon at csl.edu/about/campus-landmarks/. Concordia Seminary is located at 801 Seminary Place in Clayton, Mo.
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 www.csl.edu.