The Venice Institute for Performing Arts, in partnership with the Venice Carillon Society, has brought a 48 bell carillon to the Venice Performing Arts Center.
A Carillon is most often seen in a bell tower and is played by a live performer. The Andrew W. Crawford Carillon is one of only three mobile carillons in the western hemisphere and has found its new semi-permanent home in front of the VPAC. While most carillons project their sound at a distance, this ground-level carillon gives audiences an opportunity to easily view the instrument and its performer.
The Andrew W. Crawford memorial Carillon bells were cast by the Royal Eijsbouts foundry in Asten, The Netherlands between 1991 and 1992. The bells cover four full octaves from the F below middle C. The largest bell, called the bourdon bell, weighs one ton and all 48 bells combined weight 13 tons.
Starting in the fall of 2019, carillon lessons will be offered to anyone in the community with basic music reading ability. Additionally, free outdoor carillon concerts will be scheduled regularly, and the carillon will be played in conjunction with events in the main hall.
The Andrew W. Crawford Memorial Carillon was dedicated on May 5th, 2019. Those interested in taking lessons should contact the Venice Institute for Performing Arts at 941.218.3779