Around Cal

Berkeley Magazine, Fall 1998


Monday through Friday, concerts from Berkeley's bell tower, the Campanile, are allowed only three times a day -- at 7:50 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. But carillon enthusiasts got a rare treat last June, when 100 carillonists from around the world, including Cal's own carillonist, Geert d'Hollander, provided five days of back-to-back performances at the Fifth Berkeley International Carillon Festival. As musicians in the tower took turns playing the 61-bell instrument, crowds below found the best listening spots, including Faculty Glade. The bells, ranging in weight from 20 to 10,500 pounds, span five chromatic octaves and are rung by a keyboard of wooden levers and pedals.


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