Summer Carillon Recital: David Christensen (UC Riverside)

Event Date: 

Sunday, July 30, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Storke Tower

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
ahill@music.ucsb.edu
UCSB Storke Tower.
 
UC Riverside Carillonist David Christensen will present a recital on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Storke Tower on the UCSB campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy lunch on the lawn!
 
About David Christensen
 
David Christensen has served for 30 years as University Carillonneur at the University of California, Riverside, where he plays weekly recitals during the school year. He studied carillon with Lowell Smith and Margo Halsted. He also gives lessons to carillon and organ students at  UCR.
 
Mr. Christensen served as Director of Music at the First Congregational Church of Riverside for 14 years, and is currently Director of Music at Eden Lutheran Church in Riverside.
 
His compositions and arrangements for organ, carillon, and handbells are published by the Kenwood Press, the Lorenz Corporation, and the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.
 
About the Storke Tower Carillon
 
UCSB's Storke Tower and its carillon were a gift from Thomas Storke, former publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press. The instrument consists of 61 bells cast by Petit & Fritsen of the Netherlands, with the bells weighing from 18 pounds to 2.5 tons, and spanning five octaves. The UCSB carillon is a much larger modern copy of historical instruments that were invented approximately 500 years ago in the Low Countries of Europe. Tower bells had previously been used for signaling time and for additional signals such as "Close the City Gates", "Go to church", and "An enemy is coming." Eventually, the number of bells was increased and were hooked up to a keyboard to facilitate the performance of music. A melody was often played to attract the attention of the townspeople before the hour bell tolled the time throughout the day. A carillon is played with the fists and feet, and the action is completely mechanical. To vary the dynamics of the music, the performer must strike the key harder or use a lighter touch, much like a piano.
 
Want to learn more about Storke Tower and the history of the UCSB carillon? Please take a look at this 2014 UCSB Current interview with UCSB's Carillonist, Margo Halsted.
UCSB Storke Tower