Solid Bronze: Sights and sounds from St. Peter’s carillon concert in Morristown

Listeners enjoy a carillon concert at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown, July 25, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Piano four hands is so… 18th century.

You want a challenge, try four-handed carillon.  Listeners outside St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown were treated Sunday to an hour-long concert by Janet Tebbel and Lisa Lonie, a.k.a. The Treblemakers.

They climbed more than 120 steps to the warm tower to deliver 18 tons of music by the likes of Liszt, Bach, Debussy, Brahms, Holst and Copland, among other composers. Have a look/listen:

Video: The Treblemakers at St. Peter’s, July 25, 2021:

The duo also slipped in a thunderous 49-bell rendition of Happy Birthday, for a spectator celebrating her 91st birthday.

Carillonneur Lisa Lonie taught John Dyer to play the St. Peter’s carillon more than 20 years ago. She visits with Dyer, 86, after giving a concert, July 25, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Tebbel is carillonneur at a pair of historic carillons in the Germantown suburb of Philadelphia. Lonie is carillonneur for Princeton University.

Lonie also taught St. Peter’s longtime carillonneur, John Dyer, how to play. Congratulations to John and Jennifer Dyer, who celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary at Sunday’s concert.

The free Sunday series continues on Aug. 1, 2021, with Roy Kroezen manning the belfry. On Aug. 8, it’s Jim Fackenthal’s turn. Both performances start at 5 pm. Bring lawn chairs or beach blankets.

The Treblemakers–Janet Tebbel and Lisa Lonie–after their carillon concert at St. Peter’s in Morristown, July 25, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Jennifer and John Dyer celebrate their 57th anniversary at St. Peter’s carillon concert, July 25, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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