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            Elliott Tower

            Donated by longtime supporters Hugh and Nancy Elliott, the Elliott Tower is a rallying point for student activities and creates a stunning visual centerpiece for Oakland’s campus.

            The carillon plays the soundtrack to Oakland’s campus with the traditional Westminster Quarter chimes, along with live performances every Friday at noon and during special occasions.


            Did You Know?

            • The largest bell is a low C, weighing around 5,000 pounds and 5 feet in diameter.
            • The smallest bell is a high C, weighing in at 24 pounds.
            • Total weight of all bells is more than 30,000 pounds (over 15 tons).
            • The Elliott Tower is the last carillon to have its bells and keyboard to be cast by the Petit and Fritsen Royal Bellfoundry in the Netherlands, which had been around since 1660.
            • The Elliott Tower features a fully chromatic 49-bell carillon.
            • The clock faces are approximately 9’ 6” in diameter.
            • The minute hand from center to outside tip is 54 ¾” long.
            • Summer Carillon Concert Series: Six Fridays at 6 with Elliott Tower image
              Six Fridays at 6 Concert Series
              Join us for our summer carillon concert series, occurring six Fridays at 6 p.m. A tower tour will follow each concert.

              July 5 – Bernard Winsemius, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
              July 12 – Gijsbert Kok, The Hague, The Netherlands
              July 19 – Carlo Van Ulft, Springfield, IL
              July 26 – Alex Johnson, University of Rochester, NY
              August 2 – Guitarillon, Hasselt, Belgium
              August 9 – Dennis Curry, Oakland University
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              Friday at noon concerts
              Every Friday at noon, Oakland University’s carillonneur plays a live concert for a ½ hour. The program is selected by Dennis Curry and will generally relate to to something happening on campus or in the world.
            • Seek virtue and knowledge
              Ulysses’ Sail
              Provost James Lentini wrote a custom piece for the dedication of the Elliott Tower, which is now available to carillonneurs around the world. “Ulysses’ Sail” pays homage to OU’s motto “Seguir virtute e canoscenza” (translated “seek virtue and knowledge”).
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              Practice Carillon
              A practice carillon located in 103 O’Dowd Hall allows students to learn how to play the instrument.
            • Summer Carillon Concert Series
              Alum heads up architectural firm
              Delia Rodi (SECS ‘92) is the CEO of Niagara Murano, the company that was selected as the architectural firm for the Elliott Tower.
            • A generous gift
              Hugh and Nancy Elliott, whose philanthropy has benefited Oakland University in many ways over the years, talk about their inspiration for gifting the University with a 151-foot carillon tower.
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              Concert Series

              A new tradition

              A new tradition of summer carillon recitals — 6 Fridays @苹果彩票app 6 p.m — were held throughout the summer. Guest performers were recognized international carillonneurs.

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              Acquired Collection

              Music from Amsterdam

              Oakland University houses the complete collection of Todd Fair, an accomplished carillonneur who performed and taught in all parts of the carillon world, and was also the carillonneur at several Dutch cities, including the Old Church in Amsterdam.

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              Tradition

              An integral part of campus culture

              The Elliott Tower is the 14th carillon tower in Michigan; OU is the fourth Michigan university to have a carillon.

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              OU's Carillonneur

              The man behind the music

              Dennis Curry, local carillonneur and longtime friend of the Elliotts, serves as the university carillonneur and is working to establish a program of education and training through the Department of Music. Contact Dennis via email at bells@苹果彩票app.

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              Philanthropy

              Words of wisdom

              The 5,000 pound bell is inscribed with a quote from the Elliotts, who have provided support for a variety of capital projects, scholarships and charitable functions at OU.

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              Up Close

              How a carillon works

              How does the instrument work? When the baton on the keyboard is pressed, a vertical wire is attached to a pivoting crank which moves the clapper inside the bell.

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              Fountains

              Water Music

              Complementing the music of the carillon, the water feature adds to the ambiance of the Elliott Tower.