Carillon Congress

The bells of the Millennium Carillon have been ringing for 10 years. But recently they’ve played to the tune of a different drum. As part of the international carillon program, local resident Sue Bergren and her daughter Maggie performed an original piece using the tower’s bells and an assortment of drums.

“We’ve always wanted to play something together both being musicians,” said Sue Bergren, Assistant Carillonneur.

Each year, the Guild of Carillonuers hosts the event in a different international location.

“This is one of the largest carillons in the world,” said Chuck Seidel, who is a member of the board of directors for the Millennium Carillon Foundation. “So they are all very anxious to come here.”

The Carillon Congress last came to the Chicago land area in 1977. More than 30 years later, the event’s now in our own backyard. Ben Wuhlan wrote a 25-minute composition for this year’s event. The Naperville Central High School director of percussion said the piece took over a year and a half to compose.

“It’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity and it’s very unique,” said Wuhlan.

The 14-story monument stands taller than the statue of liberty at 160 feet. Its bells will continue to toll throughout the summer, with free weekly concerts.

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