July 11, 2016 |
Sweat drips from her forehead. She strikes her fists on the large keys, her precision evident in the smooth and clear music that sprawls for acres across Valley Forge National Historical Park. The steamy air of a summer night seems to saturate the 100-foot Washington Memorial Chapel steeple that houses the bell tower, where Ulla Laage orchestrates the 58-bell carillon with conviction. "These bells have a special tone to them," said Laage, a visiting carillonneur from Haslev, Demark, who kicked off the chapel's free summer concert series Wednesday night.
February 24, 2016 |
As Neil D. Theobald approaches his 60th birthday, he began looking for a way to honor his late parents. The Temple University president found the answer emanating from a church in Cincinnati. It came in the form of a 1,000-pound vintage bell. The university has installed the refurbished, 150-year-old bell in a cradle atop Shusterman Hall, a former church that Temple renovated in 1997 for conference space. The bell will be illuminated at night and chime on each quarter-hour for those across the North Philadelphia campus to hear.
December 25, 2011 |
Jason Babin is locked and loaded, flattened out in that quirky sprinter's crouch, a helmet-tipped missile ready for launch. He appears to be positioned roughly two zip codes away from the ball, almost as though he is playing in another game, but then that is the very crux of the wide nine, the controversial defensive alignment that is, depending on your viewpoint, a stroke of blinding genius or of sheer idiocy. What it has done is help transform a heretofore ordinary player into a quarterback-inhaling beast.
September 15, 2007
There were 40 heroes in the Sept. 11, 2001, crash of Flight 93 - not 39. The very notion that one passenger's name would be omitted from the nation's formal commemoration of the event is extremely disturbing. As for the prospect that the name would belong to one of the four likely leaders of the successful yet tragic effort to stop a hijacked plane from destroying a Washington landmark on 9/11, well, that's even worse. The hope, then, is that the father of one of those heroes will reconsider his vow to keep his son's name from the mountaintop memorial planned in Somerset County, Pa. As a passenger on Flight 93, Tom Burnett Jr. teamed up with Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick and others to storm the cockpit that had been commandeered by al-Qaeda terrorists.
April 7, 2005 |
Janet Kitzmiller Dundore, 84, formerly of Flourtown, a carillonneur who performed locally and around the world, died of a heart attack March 31 at Blue Bell Place, an assisted living facility. In 1950, Mrs. Dundore and her husband Dwight, joined St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh. An accomplished pianist, she learned to play the church organ and became fascinated with the church's carillon -- stationary bells in the tower sounded by clappers controlled from a console. She told a reporter in 1991 that when she first tried playing the carillon, "I was scared to death at the volume that came out, I thought it was wonderful.
June 27, 2002 |
Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park begins its series of summer carillon concerts on Wednesday. The concerts will be held rain or shine at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday through August at the chapel on Route 23 in the park. The series will feature nine professional carillonneurs performing on the chapel's tower carillon and portable instruments. Highlights of the series include carillon music from the British Isles accompanied by an Irish bagpipe band.
April 30, 2001 |
At the Church of the Holy Trinity, across from the northwest corner of Rittenhouse Square, the bell tower sang out yesterday, on a magnificent spring afternoon. In its first full-throated concert in more than a decade, the 25-bell carillon rang out to a square thick with hundreds strolling and sunning. And after a 4 p.m. ceremony celebrated the occasion, congregants at the Episcopal church joined the public on the square to hear the bells in glorious harmonies. "The bells are God's witnesses that God is . . . never out of season," the Rev. Terence C. Roper, rector of Holy Trinity, told more than 100 folks gathered inside the church.
December 7, 2000 |
The country's second-oldest carillon will soon ring again over Rittenhouse Square, perhaps as early as Christmas Eve. Its 25 bells, first hung atop the Church of the Holy Trinity in 1882, were donated by a Philadelphia dry-goods merchant in memory of his wife. Corrosion silenced them eight years ago, but a parishioner's hefty check started a restoration that began in February. Once rusty and dirty, the copper bells now gleam golden, and they can be played manually or electronically.
November 28, 2000 |
Two years after believing that the controversy had been put to rest, officials at Bloomsburg University found themselves again facing the question of for whom the bells toll. Their answer, they hope, will bring lasting harmony both on and off the state-supported college campus in northeastern Pennsylvania. Beginning next month, homemade synthesizer versions of Hanukkah melodies such as "Maoz Tzur," as well as African American-themed songs such as "Happy Kwanzaa" and "Kwanzaa Child," all electronically altered by the school's music department to sound like bells, will emanate from the belfry of gold-domed Carver Hall, the oldest and most distinctive building on campus.
February 17, 2000 |
In 1882, the 25 bells were hung in the 12-story tower of the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square, the gift of a Philadelphia dry-goods merchant in memory of his wife. The second-oldest carillon in the United States - and the oldest manually operated one - rang regularly into the 1900s. But the bells eventually became corroded and fell out of use, and have been silent since a 1992 July Fourth celebration. Money for a major restoration always came up short. But last fall, a longtime church member offered a six-figure donation, and yesterday, workers began slowly lowering the bells from the tower using chains and ropes, starting a three-month renovation that will allow the carillon to be played manually and electronically.