THREE carillon premieres this month!
The chimes atop Geisel Library will ring out special premieres in the month of January, 2009. Anyone in a general radius of our Library will be able to hear the short works chime forth (keep in mind that the actual Library entrance is the worst possible place to stand—you really need to walk out Library Walk a bit to get the full effect.)
Friday, January 16th at noon: a new work from composer Wesley Hawkins, a UCSD freshman.
Friday, January 23rd at noon: a new work from composer Pea Hicks, a UCLA alumnus.
Friday, January 30th at noon: a new work from composer Jennifer Moore , a UCSD undergrad.
These premieres were commissioned by the UCSD Arts Library and are associated with the RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR exhibit at the UCSD Arts Library this month (January exhibit on the lower level, West wing of Geisel).
Throughout history, chiming bells from high towers have provided the function of telling the time and announcing civic gatherings. UCSD’s carillon, which sits atop the Geisel Library, first rang out on September 20th, 1989. The instrument was a gift from educational patron Joe Rubinger, who saw our young campus’ need for the warmth and function of a carillon. Joe named the carillon the Irene Rubinger/Institute for Continued Learning Memorial Carillon, after his late wife Irene with whom he founded The ICL.
The carillon chimes automatically on the hour from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the weekends.
Short noon concerts are featured throughout the week with University Carillonneur Scott Paulson playing “live” in the rooftop carillon room.
Yes, there really are chimes up on the roof of the Geisel Library. It’s not a recording!
If you have any song requests, please direct them to Scott Paulson: firstname.lastname@example.org New works are commissioned for the instrument several times during the year. Some of those premiere occasions include: first day of classes (Spring, Fall, & Winter Quarters) and Joe Rubinger’s Birthday (June 1.)