Three Cornell alumni chimesmasters now living in Massachusetts will play a
chime concert in West Newton on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The one-hour
concert will take place at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton (FUUSN) starting at 5:00 pm.
The alumni are:
- Bob Feldman '66, PhD '75
- Cathy Longley-Cook '03, '05
- Scott Silverstein '08
They will be joined by other players from FUUSN. If the weather is good, you can
bring blankets or chairs and sit out on the lawn. If it is raining, FUUSN will provide
indoor listening space. We will play a variety of music, including classical and
popular, as well as “Tower Antiphonies,” a piece commissioned in 2016 for the 100th
anniversary of the bells. Afterwards, you can meet the players in the tower, see
how the bells are played, and try ringing the bells. FUUSN is located at 1326
Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465.
FUUSN’s 11 bells comprise an instrument called a “chime" similar to Cornell's 21-bell chime. Cast in 1916 by the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, the FUUSN
bells hang in the belfry at the top of the tower of FUUSN’s historic building. They
range in weight from 575 pounds to 3,350 pounds, with a combined weight of
almost seven tons. The player rings them by pushing down 11 wooden hand
levers on a playing stand, each lever attached by a cable to the clapper inside a
bell. Playing is totally by human effort.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton
1326 Washington Street
West Newton, MA