BYU music professor and students join together to play patriotic music at the annual Carillon Concert hosted by America’s Freedom Festival at 7 p.m. on June 20
This free event draws people from near and far to BYU campus to hear music of all genres played on the BYU Carillon bells — 52 cast bronze bells weighing from 21 to 4,730 pounds — including patriotic, folk, Broadway, classical and more.
“The Carillon Tower represents the 100th anniversary of the University and has become such a visual icon,” said Cook. “I like helping it become an audible icon as well — something you’ll always hear on campus.”
Cook has served as BYU university carillonneur since 1991 and has participated in the Carillon concert each year. Cook feels this event is a great way for families and for the community to experience hearing the bells.
“It’s a nice opportunity to sit on a blanket or lawn chair and just listen to good music,” said Cook.
A video monitor allows guests to watch the performer’s hands and feet while playing the intricate keyboard throughout the concert. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see the mechanisms of the Carillon Tower in person, including a demonstration of the practice keyboard after the concert.
The concert will take place on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the BYU Centennial Carillon Tower located south of the Marriott Center. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinners, blankets and chairs.