Christmas Eve Carillon Concert continues 20-year tradition of live music enjoyed from your vehicle
A holiday tradition continues this year with the Christmas Eve
Carillon Concert on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
It's also a holiday custom that doesn't have to change for 2020
gathering standards -- it has always been a drive-up concert.
Retired GVSU carillonneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard will climb the 112
steps of the Beckering Family Carillon Tower for a special
performance. She said it was important to her to continue the
tradition, which is celebrating a 20th anniversary.
Retired GVSU carillonneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard will perform.
She performs from the playing cabin, with the windows of the bell
tower's belfry open on all sides, knowing an audience that she doesn't
see has gathered in vehicles parked nearby. "Silent Night"
always closes the concert.
"Then they just toot their horns and drift off into the
darkness," Vanden Wyngaard said.
Vanden Wyngaard said the 9:30 p.m. concert is timed so that people
with either evening or midnight services can still stop by to enjoy
The concert is free and open to the public. Find more information here.
A carillonneur's performance venue