June 17, 2010

Tin Shi Tam

ISU carillonneur Tin-shi Tam, pictured here during one of her weekday web casts, will conclude the summer carillon concert series with a Sept. 12 performance. File photo by Bob Elbert.

Guest carillon concert series begins this month

by Anne Krapfl

About carillons

One of the music department's summer traditions -- a carillon concert series -- resumes this year, the fourth such series since 2001. A guest carillonneur will perform each month during June, July and August. ISU carillonneur and associate professor of music Tin-Shi Tam will conclude the series Sept. 12 when she is joined by the ISU percussion ensemble and brass quintet. Here's the lineup:

  • June 29, 7 p.m.: Amy Johansen, university organist and honorary carillonneur at the University of Sydney, Australia
  • July 27, 7 p.m.: Min-Jin O, professor of music and carillonneur at Hyechon University, Daejeon, South Korea
  • Aug. 17, 7 p.m.: Jeremy Chesman, associate professor of music and university carillonneur at Missouri State University, Springfield
  • Sept. 12, 3 p.m.: Tam, with the ISU Percussion Ensemble and ISU Brass Quintet

Each concert will last about 45 minutes. More information about the performers and the music programs they will play is online.

Free campanile tours will begin immediately after each concert. Meet at the base of the campanile.

Nearly anywhere on central campus is a good place to listen to the concerts, Tam said. The open space around the ISU campanile minimizes bounceback from buildings and optimizes the sound of the music, she said. Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket.

Lunch hour concerts

Tam is continuing her lunch concerts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for much of the summer (May 17-June 11, June 21-July 16). Each lasts about 20 minutes. She takes requests for the Friday concerts; e-mail your request to tstam@iastate.edu.