University of Rochester

EVENT: Concert Honors 40th Anniversary of Hopeman Memorial Carillon at the University of Rochester

December 6, 2013

DATE, TIME, PLACE: 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 on the Eastman Quadrangle at the University of Rochester's River Campus.

WHAT: The Rochester community is invited to attend a free, celebratory concert honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Hopeman Memorial Carillon, the 50-bell instrument located in the landmark tower of Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester. University of Rochester Carillon Society students will play a selection of classical and seasonal songs on the carillon and the University's Catholic Newman Community choir will make a guest appearance.

WATCH LIVE: For those unable to attend, a livestream of the event will be made available during the concert at this link:

HISTORY: One of just seven carillons in New York State, the University's Hopeman carillon replaced the former 17-bell Hopeman Memorial Chime in 1973. After the instrument's installation, Dutch carillonist Arie Abbenes performed at the dedication concert on Dec. 9, 1973, and stayed on campus for several weeks to help train new carillonists. Today, the carillon sounds every quarter-hour, and performances given by Doris Aman and student carillonists mark important University events.

The carillon is named for Arendt W. Hopeman. The company he founded served as the general contractor of the University River Campus from 1927 to 1930, and built the Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Eastman Kodak headquarters, and other Rochester landmarks. Read more about the history of the instrument here.