Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
As part of the Fiftieth Anniversary Carillon Recital Series, Leslie Chan (Associate Carillonist, UC Berkeley) will present a recital from the carillon in UCSB’s Storke Tower on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 2 pm. Listeners are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on the grass outside the tower during the recital.
About the Artist
Leslie Chan began her carillon studies in 2014 with Jeff Davis at the University of California, Berkeley. She became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2018 and has performed across the United States, England, and Spain. In 2018, Chan was a featured recitalist of the Berkeley Carillon Festival–held once every five years–and an inaugural student of the Luray Singing Tower Internship. At UC Berkeley, she taught carillon through the student-run Democratic Education at Cal program and facilitated the Berkeley Carillon Guild. Bridging into new media, she collaborated with Berkeley Virtual Reality on a 360° carillon experience, participated in social streaming project “Twitch Plays Carillon”, and consulted for the Triforium art sculpture/”carillon” in Los Angeles, CA. Chan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from MIT and did her Ph.D. research on two-dimensional materials at UC Berkeley.
About the Storke Tower Carillon
UCSB’s Storke Tower and its carillon were a gift from Thomas Storke, former publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press. The instrument consists of 61 bells cast by Petit & Fritsen of the Netherlands, with the bells weighing from 18 pounds to 2.5 tons, and spanning five octaves. The UCSB carillon is a much larger modern copy of historical instruments that were invented approximately 500 years ago in the Low Countries of Europe. Tower bells had previously been used for signaling time and for additional signals such as “Close the City Gates”, “Go to church”, and “An enemy is coming.” Eventually, the number of bells was increased and were hooked up to a keyboard to facilitate the performance of music. A melody was often played to attract the attention of the townspeople before the hour bell tolled the time throughout the day. A carillon is played with the fists and feet, and the action is completely mechanical. To vary the dynamics of the music, the performer must strike the key harder or use a lighter touch, much like a piano. The UCSB carillon celebrates its 50th birthday this year.