Millennium Carillon - Naperville, IL
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N 41° 46.200 W 088° 09.390
16T E 403876 N 4624886
Quick Description: The tower is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The Millennium Carillon is one of only four spanning a full six octaves
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 2/14/2009 6:17:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM5V55
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
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Long Description:
Phase I of the magnificent 72 bell Millennium Carillon was dedicated in a spectacular Independence Day concert on June 29, 2000. Amid the roar of cannons and the musical strains of the Naperville Municipal Band and the Naperville Men's Glee Club and Festival Chorus, the bells sounded in the first public concert and was greeted by the applause of 15,000 in attendance at the historic event.

Of six hundred carillons world wide, the Millennium Carillon is one of only four spanning a full six octaves. It is properly known as a Grand Carillon. The largest bell, dedicated as the Captain Joseph Naper Bell, or "Big Joe" as it has become known, weighs almost 6 tons.

The bronze bells of the Millennium Carillon were cast at the Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry in The Netherlands. The glass cabin visible at the 95 foot level houses the oak keyboard, called a clavier, and is situated between the two massive bell chambers. About half of the bells are also played daily at set times by a computerized system of strikers. Annual summer recitals on the Riverwalk, as well as other special events, will be ongoing events at the carillon.

The carillon earned Naperville the distinction of being designated a White House Millennium Community in 1999.

Aurora Road west of Eagle Street
Naperville, IL USA

Who controls the carillon?: Millennium Carillon Foundation

Number of bells: 72

Schedule of regular public performances:
Saturday at 12 and Sunday at 4. Tuesday night during the summer.

Year of construction: 07/01/1998

Structure: Free standing

Location web page: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
An original photograph of the carillon is required. One of you and your crew doing your very best imitation of Quasimodo and/or Esmeralda will be most appreciated.
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