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.

Sunday afternoon recitals are outdoor only and 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.

August 7: Carla Staffaroni, Guest Carillonneur
Second Shenandoah Suite – Traditional Ballad Tune, arr. La Salle Spier, ed. Richard Strauss
          III. Love Gregory
Notule No. 1 Emilien Allard
Gaudí’s Chimneys John Courter
I. The Undulating Chimneys of Casa Batlló
II. The Mushroom Chimneys of Park Güell
Campanella II Edward Nassor
Recuerdos de la Alhambra Francisco Tarrega, arr. Austin Ferguson
El Vito – Spanish Folksong, arr. Sally Slade Warner

August 14: Italian Music in recognition of the Italian holiday Ferragosto
Sonata (Op 4, No. 8) Arcangelo Corelli, arr. Albert Gerken
Sonata Domenico Scarlatti, arr. Earl Chamberlin
Come Back to Sorento Ernesto di Curtis, arr. Wendell Westcott
O Sole Mio Eduardo di Capua, arr. Sean Duffy
Allegro from Concerto Op 3, No.3 Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Albert Gerkin

August 21: In recognition of World Aviation Day on August 19
Vertigo Frank Della Penna
Suite for Those in High Places Phyllis Tremmel
Kitty Hawk, 1903 Peter Olejar
Up in the Air David McBride
Prior to Landing Chin Chin Chen

August 28: Bernstein and The Beatles
In honor the birthday of Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918):
Songs from the West Side Story Leonard Bernstein, arr. Jos. Lerinckx
One Hand, One Heart
I feel Pretty
Beatles Songs:
Imagine John Lennon, arr. Isaac Wong
Blackbird John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. Goos ten Napel
Yesterday John Lennon arr. Jo Haazen

September 4: Work Related Music
Whistle While you Work, Larry Morey and Frank Churchers, arr. Richard Giszczak
The Farmers Bad Complaint, Antoine Mahaut arr. Moshe Lewkowitz
The Miller of the Dee, arr. Percival Price
Bugler’s Holiday Leroy Anderson, arr. Gerard de Waardt
Spinning Song, Peter Benoit, arr. Anton Lombaert

September 11: In memory of September 11, 2001
In Memorian, Sept. 11, 2001, John Courter
Valse Triste (Sept 11, 2001), Pasquale Tassone
Towers, Al Fedak
Threnody (for Sept 11, 2001), Abram Plum

September 18: Music by Riverside’s Carillonneurs
Music by the carillonneurs at Riverside Church & Park Ave. Baptist Church when the carillon was there
Dec. 27, 1925 Dedication recitalist Anton Brees: Andante
1926-27, Percival Price: Piece Without Expression I
1927 Ruth Muzzy Conneston: Frere Jacques (arrangement)
1927-1960, Kamield LeFevre: Prayer, ‘Thanksgiving”
1960-1989 James R. Lawson: Carnival of the Bells
1990-1998 Joseph Clair Davis: Flourish
1999-2018, Dionisio Lind: Abide with Me (arrangement)
2019- Charles Semowich: Riverside Church Fanfare

September 25: Jewish Music in honor of the Jewish High Holy Days, Lynnli Wang, Guest Carillonneur
Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year
Shalom, Chaverim, trad. Hebrew folk song, arr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra
Shana Tovah: A Good Year, arr. Lynnli Wang
Daughter’s Day, Celebrating Women Composers
Four Inscriptions: Low G and Low A , Ellen Dickinson
Dance of the Tower Bells, Liesbeth Janssens
Shaman, Alice Gomez
Cheers!, Naoko Tsujita