Carl M. Williams Carillon


   Carl M. Williams Tower
   Daniel L. Ritchie Center
     for Sports and Wellness
   East Jewell Avenue near South High St.
   University of Denver
   Denver, Colorado, USA
   LL: N 39.68218, W 104.96260
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   Joseph (Joey) Brink   (C)
   The Ritchie Center
   2201 East Asbury Avenue
   Denver, CO  80208
*Past carillonists:
   1999-2009  Todd Fair   (C)(d.2014)
   2010-22 Carol Jickling Lens   (C)


   Lamont School of Music
   University of Denver
   2344 East Iliff Avenue
   Denver, CO  80208
   T: 303-871-6400
   - or -
   University of Denver
   2199 South University Boulevard
   Denver, CO  80208
   T: 303-871-2000  [main switchboard]


   About noon most weekdays during term;
   summer recital series 7pm alternate
   Sundays from end of June; holiday
   recital 3pm 2nd Sunday in December.
   Cambridge (Westminster) quarters
   0900-2100 daily


   Dedicated 24 October 1999.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 65 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     G C   /    G C 29
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is an identical practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1999
     with bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E38   
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1999

The DU Website includes a page about campus architecture, with a photo of the Ritchie Center tower and a brief mention of the carillon.  A campus landmarks page has a photo of the tower and a page about the carillon.  Unfortunately, a former full page about the carillon was taken down long ago, and information about it which was included in the Ritchie Center description pages has disappeared more recently.  The carillon is mentioned in numerous news articles, which can be found through the Search facility on the DU Website.

A Waymarking page for these bells has 5 photos of the tower.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other grand carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

The bass bell of this carillon is among all great bells in North America.

Index to all traditional carillons in CO.

Index to all tower bell instruments in CO.

   This page was built from the database on 28-Feb-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2023/02/15
   and on technical data last updated on 1999/10/15

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