Muelder Summer Carillon Series: Concert 1

Venue: Grounds surrounding Beaumont Tower

close up of carillonneur hands playing instrument
Carillon audience at Beaumont Tower

The MSU College of Music presents the 22nd Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series, FIVE consecutive Wednesday recitals beginning July 4 through August 1, at the MSU Beaumont Tower, each beginning at 6:00 p.m., rain or shine. Concerts are free and open to the public. Picnics welcome. Visit the Carillon and Beaumont Tower section of the website to learn more.

  • July 4—Ray McLellan, MSU Carillonneur
  • July 11—Laurie Harkema, Okemos, Michigan
  • July 18—Joey Brink, University of Chicago, Illinois 
  • July 25—Philippe Beullens, Leuven, Belgium
  • August 1—Andy Zhang,  New Haven, Connecticut

Program

I.  National Anthems:  Our Country and Our Allies
USA—The Star Spangled Banner  
Britain—God Save the Queen  
Canada—O, Canada  
France—La Marseillaise

II. Or Let the Merry Bells Ring Round — George F. Handel  (1685-1759)
from L’Allegro, il Pensieroso, ed il Moderato

Suite in D Minor for Harpsichord — Handel
I  Allemande                                  
II  Courante
III  Sarabande
IV  Ciacona

III. Sacred to Profane — Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Laudate Dominum 
from “Vesperae Solennes de Confessore”            

Two Settings of “In Dulci Jubilo”  — Roy Hamlin Johnson (b. 1929)
1. Canonic                                                 
2. Octatonic figuration

Invention on Lehar’s Lusty Waltz — William H. McHarris (b. 1937)       

IV. from Fiddler on the Roof — Jerry Bock (1928-2010)
Miracle of Miracles
Sabbath Prayer
Sunrise, Sunset

V. The Stars and Stripes Forever — John Phillip Sousa, (1854-1932)
for Two Carillonneurs
with Laurie Harkema

Arrangements
IIa—Ronald Barnes, IIb—Bernard Winsemius, IIIa—Bernard Winsemius, IVa—Richard 


Artist Bio

Ray McLellan, was appointed University Carillonneur at Michigan State University in 1997, where he teaches and performs on the 49-bell Beaumont Tower Carillon.

McLellan earned his BA degree at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, MM and DMA degrees from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He also studied in Freiburg, Germany and Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

In addition to his work at MSU, Dr. McLellan serves as organist/music director at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Monroe, and as organist/accompanist at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor.

He has performed recitals in the USA, Canada, The Netherlands, France and Germany.

McLellan currently serves on the exam committee and has co-chaired the Barnes Scholarship Committee, and has been chair of the Nominations Committee of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.  He is also a member of the faculty of the North American Carillon School.

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