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The IU Arthur Metz Carillon Will Sound For Last Time Saturday Before Undergoing Restoration Work
Updated September 22, 2017 6:06 AM
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The Arthur Metz Carillon has 61 bells, which allows for a five-octave performance range. Photo by Eric Rudd, IU Communications
IU to upgrade and move Metz Carillon, reviving musical tradition on Bloomington campus. Photo by Eric Rudd, IU Communications

(BLOOMINGTON) - The IU Arthur Metz Carillon will chime for the final time at its current location at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, during a farewell concert.

Nicole Roales of IU News reports that the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved a plan to relocate and renovate the IU Metz Carillon to the center of the IU Bloomington campus as an IU Bicentennial initiative. The dismantling of the carillon will begin in October so it can be shipped to Holland, where the instrument will be restored.

The carillon was constructed in 1970 and has 61 bells, giving it a five-octave range. But its remote location on the northeast side of campus and its lack of comfortable outdoor seating meant it wasn't utilized much for concerts. Moving it to the center of campus will allow the instrument to be enjoyed more frequently.

For Saturday's concert, carillonneur John Gouwens, who has been playing the instrument for over 40 years, will perform. Gouwens has been a regular guest carillon recitalist at IU and the Jacobs School of Music, and he is involved as a consultant for the ongoing care of the university's carillons.

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