Sunday Afternoon Carillon Recital • Morningside Area Alliance
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Sunday Afternoon Carillon Recital

Featuring Charles Semowich, Carillonneur

The Riverside Church carillon, built in 1930, was a gift of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in memory of his mother. The worlds’ largest carillon by weight, the Riverside carillon contains 74 cast bronze bells. The Bourdon bell, weighing 40,000 pounds (ringing on the hour) is the largest tuned bell in the world. The bells swing a peal each Sunday at 10:20 a.m. The Carillon prelude follows at 10:30 a.m., and can be heard and viewed online as part of the Sunday morning Service of Worship.

Fall and Winter Sunday afternoon recitals take place most weeks at 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and can be best heard outdoors listening from Sakura Park, immediately north of Riverside Church at 122nd Street.

August 7: Carla Staffaroni, Guest Carillonneur
Second Shenandoah Suite – Traditional Ballad Tune, arr. La Salle Spier, ed. Richard Strauss
          III. Love Gregory
Notule No. 1 Emilien Allard
Gaudí’s Chimneys John Courter
I. The Undulating Chimneys of Casa Batlló
II. The Mushroom Chimneys of Park Güell
Campanella II Edward Nassor
Recuerdos de la Alhambra Francisco Tarrega, arr. Austin Ferguson
El Vito – Spanish Folksong, arr. Sally Slade Warner

August 14: Italian Music in recognition of the Italian holiday Ferragosto
Sonata (Op 4, No. 8) Arcangelo Corelli, arr. Albert Gerken
Sonata Domenico Scarlatti, arr. Earl Chamberlin
Come Back to Sorento Ernesto di Curtis, arr. Wendell Westcott
O Sole Mio Eduardo di Capua, arr. Sean Duffy
Allegro from Concerto Op 3, No.3 Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Albert Gerkin

August 21: In recognition of World Aviation Day on August 19
Vertigo Frank Della Penna
Suite for Those in High Places Phyllis Tremmel
Kitty Hawk, 1903 Peter Olejar
Up in the Air David McBride
Prior to Landing Chin Chin Chen

August 28: Bernstein and The Beatles
In honor the birthday of Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918):
Songs from the West Side Story Leonard Bernstein, arr. Jos. Lerinckx
One Hand, One Heart
I feel Pretty

Beatles Songs:
Imagine John Lennon, arr. Isaac Wong
Blackbird John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. Goos ten Napel
Yesterday John Lennon arr. Jo Haazen


Aug 14 2022


3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



Riverside Church

Venue 2


Venue 3

Sakura Park
West 122nd Street, between Riverside Drive & Claremont Ave.