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Concert series to feature carillonneurs from around the world in a milestone season

  • Cook Carillon Tower
  • Beckering Family Carillon

Posted on June 17, 2019

Carillonneurs from around the world will fill GVSU's Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses with music this summer during the annual concert series that this year marks 25 years of performances at the Cook Carillon Tower.

All concerts are free – including free nearby parking — and open to the public. The concerts last approximately one hour and take place rain or shine.

The Cook Carillon International Concert Series on the Allendale Campus features a reunion recital along with the concert lineup. The performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Sundays beginning June 23.

Cook Carillon Concerts

June 23 – Reunion recital

June 30 – Open tower tours

July 7 – Bernard Winsemius (The Netherlands)

July 14 – Gijsbert Kok (The Netherlands)

July 21 – Tim Sleep (Naperville, Illinois)

July 28 – Laura Ellis (University of Florida)

Aug. 4 – Sue Bergren (Naperville, Illinois)

Aug. 11 – Lisa Lonie (Philadelphia)

Aug. 18 – Julianne Vanden Wyngaard (GVSU carillonneur)

The Cook Carillon Tower is named for the late Peter and Pat Cook, major donors and longtime Grand Valley supporters. The tower's 48 bells were cast in 1994 in the Netherlands. The bells for the Beckering Family Carillon, named for the Beckering family of Pioneer Construction, were cast in 2000 in France.

On the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, the 19th annual Beckering Family Carillon International Concert Series will present five concerts at the Lacks International Plaza located at the DeVos Center. The performances are at noon on Wednesdays beginning July 3.

Beckering Family Carillon Concerts

July 3 – Helen Hofmeister (Grand Rapids)

July 10 – Bernard Winsemius (The Netherlands)

July 17 – Gijsbert Kok (The Netherlands)

July 24 – Tim Sleep (Naperville, Illinois)

July 31 – Alex Johnson (Rochester, New York)

For more information, visit, or call Grand Valley's Music, Theatre, and Dance Department at (616) 331-3484.