Smith Center for the Performing Arts
   Symphony Park (was Union Park)
   South City Parkway
     at Symphony Park Avenue
   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
   LL: N 36.16903, W 115.15145
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   Smith Center for the Performing Arts
   241 West Charleston Blvd., Suite 211
   Las Vegas, NV  89102
   T: (702)614-0109
   E: info /@/




   Local building codes were blamed for
   preventing use of traditional keyboard.
   Also a 24" Verdin bell, cast on-site
   during the groundbreaking ceremony on
   24-26 May 2009.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard carillon of 46 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    NONE  
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 2010
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Auxiliary mechanisms: S3    
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2010

The Website of The Smith Center say very little about the bells.  This interactive page has a green spot over the bell tower; mouse over it to see a small popup with a brief description of the Carillon Tower; click the tiny left photo in that popup to see a larger photo of the bells, apparently taken during installation.  The carillon is NOT among the several venues available for rent.

A publicity article about the bell tower of the Smith Center includes a brief slide show of the installation of the bells, as well as a feeble excuse for why a traditional mechanical action was not installed.

Verdin Company photo of bells awaiting shipment; all but the three swinging basses are plain.

Verdin Company photo of bells being installed; 3 basses have ornate shoulder bands and swing, probably forming a major triad on the bourdon.

Photo of Smith Center under construction; scheduled to open late 2012.

The Design page of the Smith Center project has drawings of the planned bell tower.

An overview page reports that the bells will weigh 29,500 lbs, in 170-ft tower.  An Architecture and Design page reports 46 bells, 4 octaves.

News article (May 2009) about the groundbreaking, with clickable photos of the casting process for the ceremonial bell.

News article (Mar.2010) about topping out the steel construction of 170-foot bell tower.  (The number of bells is incorrectly stated, but their total weight is correct.)

News article about the groundbreaking, with architectural rendering of the building and its bell tower.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all tower bell instruments in NV.

   This page was built from the database on 30-Jan-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/12/21
   and on technical data last updated on 2020/10/22

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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