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Wellesley College to play carillon bell tribute for Boston Marathon blast victims

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 16, 2013 02:05 PM

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The Wellesley College Guild of Carillonneurs will perform a concert today as tribute to Boston Marathon blast victims from 2:40 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. on campus, followed by a tolling of the bells.

Wellesley's carillon, an instrument that resembles an organ but is connected to 32 bells, is located in the campus's centrally-located Galen Stone Tower, so the concert will be able to be heard throughout campus, said Anne Yu, a college spokeswoman.

The songs that will be played are as follows:

- Finlandia
- Sarabande (by Ronald Barnes)
- In Memorium (by John Courter, written for 9/11)
- Courante (by Loeillet)

After the music, the bell will toll three times to honor those killed.

Yu said the guild's president, Wellesley senior Carla Staffaroni, told her that other schools with carillons, including the University of Texas at Austin, will be playing tributes today for Boston as well.

The carillon is the largest instrument in the world, according to the college, and Wellesley’s carillon is one of about 180 in the United States.

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Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com


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