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  • READER SUBMITTED: Three Concert Carillon Festival Set for August in Storrs

    A three-concert Carillon Festival will take place in August on the Dunham Carillon at the Storrs Congregational Church. The concerts, featuring guest carillonneurs and the church's carillonneur-in-residence, are scheduled for Thursday, August 14; Thursday, August 21; and Sunday, August 24. The Thursday concerts will begin at 6:30 pm with pre-concert performances. The Sunday concert is also an Ice Cream Social to welcome back UConn students for the fall and will begin at 4 pm. These summer outdoor concerts are free of charge and open to the public. Seating is on the lawn of the Storrs Congregational Church at 2 North Eagleville Road, adjacent to the University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs. Bring along a picnic dinner, lawn chairs, and blankets. Desserts will be available for a donation. The concerts will take place rain or shine - in the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move indoors. The concert schedule is: Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 pm - Guest carillonneur Tatiana Lukyanova is an organist and accompanist at the South United Methodist Church in Manchester, CT and carillonneur at the First Church of Christ Congregational in New Britain, CT. Lukyanova has performed internationally on both organ and carillon. The pre-concert performance on August 14 will feature vocalist June Bisantz, who has co-written and produced several collections of vocal jazz. Her most recent release "Let's Fall in Love", based on the work of the legendary Chet Baker, has received airplay internationally. Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 pm - Guest carillonneur George Matthew Jr. has been carillonneur of Middlebury College and Norwich University in Vermont since 1986. He has made 32 carillon concert tours of the USA and 12 of Europe. The pre-concert performance on August 21 will feature Beck 'n Call, a bluegrass/Gospel group that formed under the leadership of David Hagan in. They play eclectic Americana including bluegrass, folk, blues, Gospel, and retro pop, and include Celtic folk now and then. Sunday, August 24 at 4 pm: Ice Cream Social and Welcome Back UConn - Carillonneur-in-residence David Maker, originally a percussionist and keyboard player, assumed stewardship of the Dunham Carillon in 1994, performing, teaching, and undertaking many public relations initiatives. His advocacy resulted in the instrument's renovation in 2011. From 2007 to 2009 he also served as Carillonneur of Trinity College in Hartford. High in the steeple of Storrs Congregational Church, the bells of the Austin Cornelius Dunham Carillon have been serenading the Storrs Mansfield area since 1931. It is the only carillon "east of the river" and one of the few carillons anywhere that are completely American made. It is the last and largest carillon manufactured by the legendary Meneely Bellfounders. Renovation in 2011 gave the instrument five new bells and a re-designed playing mechanism.
  • READER SUBMITTED: Next Connecticut State Archaeologist Announced

    The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn welcome Dr. Brian D. Jones as Connecticut State Archaeologist effective July 18, 2014. He will succeed retiring State...

    UConn Settles Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit For $1.28 Million

    UConn Settles Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit For $1.28 Million
    The University of Connecticut will pay $1.28 million in a settlement with five former or current students who filed a federal lawsuit in November, charging that the university mishandled their cases when they were raped or sexually assaulted. A statement...

    Hartford's Ballpark Plan Economic Catalyst

    The plan to redevelop Hartford's Downtown North, accelerated by the proposed construction of a stadium for the Double A baseball Rock Cats, has been described as ambitious. So it is. Being timid hasn't gotten it done for our neighborhoods and our city,...

    UConn Foundation Must Reveal Spending Details

    UConn Foundation Must Reveal Spending Details
    Hillary Clinton's jaw-dropping $251,250 fee for a speech at the University of Connecticut brought the foundation that paid the bill into the spotlight. The public should get a closer look at all its spending. The University of Connecticut Foundation...