Sunday Afternoon Carillon Recitals

Featuring Charles Semowich, Carillonneur

The Riverside Church carillon, built in 1930, was a gift of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in memory of his mother. The worlds’ largest carillon by weight, the Riverside carillon contains 74 cast bronze bells. The Bourdon bell, weighing 40,000 pounds (ringing on the hour) is the largest tuned bell in the world. The bells swing a peal each Sunday at 10:20 a.m. The Carillon prelude follows at 10:30 a.m., and can be heard and viewed online as part of the Sunday morning Service of Worship.

Fall and Winter 2021 Sunday afternoon recitals take place most weeks at 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and can be best heard outdoors listening from Sakura Park, immediately north of Riverside Church at 122nd Street.

September 19: Music for Healing | 2:30 p.m.
Diptych Bells of Healing John Gouwans
Heal the World Michael Jackson, arr. Tiffany Ng
Healing Bells Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra
There is a Balm in Gilead arr. Charles Semowich

September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day
Tree Modes Amy Black
The Ash Grove arr. Richard Giszczak
Chorale Prelude on ‘Now Rests all Forests’ Ludo Geloen
The Sacredness of Trees Ellen Lindquist

October 3: Hispanic Heritage Month
El Titere Astor Piazzolla arr. Moshe Lewkowitz
La Purisima arr. Holla Kabat
Las Aguas de Silo,e  Alfredo Morales arr. Carol Anne Taylor
Pescador de Hombres Cesareo Gabarain, arr. Carol Anne Taylor
Amemonos de Corazon arr. Carol Anne Taylor
Tango Alice Gomez
Aguas de Marco arr. Abel Chaves
Mazurka-Choro Heitor Villa Lobos, arr. Karl Borghuis
Vaya con Dios Larry Russell, arr. Richard Giszczak

October 10: Carillonneur’s Birthday
Happy Birthday arr. Richard Giszczak
Music by Charles Semowich:

October 17: Children’s Sabbath
Elves Stephen Heller, arr. Charles Semowich
Arrangements by Richard Giszczak:
Follow the Leader Ted Sears
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Roy Gilbert
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Jerry Livingston
Heigh-Ho Larry Morey
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee Ned Washington
Climb Every Mountain Richard Rodgers
Carousel Ride, Play Parade, Roller Skates Eugenie Rocherolle
Micky Mouse Alma Mater Jimmy Dodd
Feed the Birds Richard Sherman
Let’s Go Fly a Kite Richard Sherman

October 24: Hungarian Republic Day (Oct. 21)
Mikrokosmos Bela Bartok, arr. Jonathon Arterton
Variations on a Hungarian Folk Tune Karl Borghuis
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 Franz Liszt, arr. Marnix Smit

October 31: Halloween
Toccata in D Minor Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Judson Maynard
Toccata Léon Boëllmann
Wintry Wind Cedric Lemont
Fantasy on Dies Ire Charles Semowich
Funeral March of a Marionette Charles Gounod, arr. Lucy Dechene
Halloween John Carpenter, arr. Tiffany Ng

November 7: Autumn
Autumn Concerto Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Arie Abbenes
Autumn Aaron David Miller
Autumn Afternoon Eugenie Rocherolle, arr. Richard Giszczak
Falling Leaves Charles Zettek

November 14: Netherlands Celebration
Preludes Matthias Vanden Ghyen
The 300th birthday of the Netherlands pre-eminent carillon composer

November 21: Thanksgiving
Over the River and Through the Woods arr. Richard Giszczak
Fantasy on The Thanksgiving Hymn Johan Franco
We Gather Together arr. Wendell Westcott
Come, Ye Thankful People arr. David Christensen
Variations on Nun Danket Anton Ooik

November 28: Hanukkah
Rays of Hope Pamela Ruiter-Feenstre
Hanukkah Music
S’Vivon, arr. Richard Giszczak
Variations on Maos Zur Chaim Abrams
Advent Hymns

December 5: Seasonal Music
Nativity Triptych Ronald Barnes
Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson, arr Richard von Grabow
Christmas music

December 12: Season Music
Nativity Suite Nino Rota
Christmas songs

December 19: Candlelight
Candlelight Carol Festival prelude

December 26: Noel
Noels Claude Balbastre and Louis-Claude Daquin

January 2: Christmas and Winter music

January 9: The Dutch Carillon
Fantasie Staf Nees
Suite Archaique George Clement
Toren aan Zee Gerald Boedijn
Emergenza Addie de Jong

January 16: Dr. Martin Luther King Day
African American Spirituals

January 23: Winter
Winter Concerto Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Arie Abbenes
Winter Suite Peter Langberg

January 30: Year of the Tiger
In honor of the New Year for the Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, and Korean peoples