Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon bells have arrived on campus

The new tower to house the Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon has been rising above the Cox Arboretum over the past several months. Now at its final height, the tower is nearing completion, and installation of the bells began Oct. 10.

As part of a bicentennial project to move the musical instrument to the center of campus, its 61 bells were sent to be refurbished at the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry in the Netherlands as the tower was being built. Four more bells will be added, making the instrument a grand carillon, one of only about 30 in the world.

The new location in the Cox Arboretum will accommodate larger audiences for concerts and recitals. The IU Jacobs School of Music will restart its tradition of inviting carillonists from around the world to play the instrument.

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