Senior Recital: Will Slack, Thompson Bells

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05/12/2011 - 4:00pm


The Williams College Department of Music will present a senior recital featuring William Slack on Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Slack will be playing the Thompson Memorial Chapel Chime and the audience can enjoy it anywhere on campus where they can hear them. He will play pieces by George Alfred Grant-Shaefer, George Harrison, Howard Shore, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, Talcott Banks, and Richard Rodgers as well as some of his own original compositions.

About the Carillonneur:
William Slack ’11, of Decatur, Georgia, began ringing in 2007. He has performed and arranged numerous songs for the bells, from hymns to pop music, in addition to original compositions. Will also plays the piano, trombone, and djimbe, and has sung with the Williams Chamber and Concert Choirs under Brad Wells.

About the Chime:
Installed in the autumn of 1904, the Thompson Memorial Chapel Chime consists of 10 bells tuned in an Eb Major scale with an additional ninth and a flat seventh, accommodating music in the keys of Eb Major, Ab Major, and F Minor. The Chime is played via a console of levers that are directly attached via lengthy wires to heavy clappers, which the Carillonneur pulls into the bells with varying intensity, depending on the desired dynamic.

The bells will be able to be heard anywhere one can listen to the Thompson Bells. Paper programs will be available in Thompson and you can also download the program here.

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