Above / The Moser Tower with the 72-bell Millennium Carillon is located along the Riverwalk, 443 Aurora Ave. across from Naperville Central High School, in downtown Naperville, Illinois. (PN File Photo, Oct. 7, 2017)

Carillon Concerts & Tours in 2018

Above / The 72 bells in Moser Tower are played using the keyboard pictured here. The keyboard is located in the enclosed air-conditioned cabin high in the tower. (Photo courtesy Marilyn Schweitzer)

Weekly Recital & Concert Schedule

Tim Sleep, City Carillonneur, prepares the weekly recital schedule. Look for the schedule to be posted and updated here throughout 2018.

In April, Moser Tower will turn blue to promote autism research. In previous years, the bell tower has been illuminated with different colors to reflect different public awareness campaigns and holidays. For Halloween Scarillon Concert, it turns orange. In November, it will shine purple for Pancreatic Cancer research. In December it will be colored appropriately for Hanukah and Christmas. And so on. This year new light bulbs have been positioned throughout the tower. The week of June 2, 2018, orange light bulbs will brighten the tower to recognize the public safety “Wear Orange Movement” and a proclamation by the Naperville Mayor and City Council to declare June 2, 2018, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Naperville. (PN File Photo, October 2015)

June 2018

 
 
 
6.2.18
Sat
1PM
Tim Sleep
6.2.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
6.3.18
Sun
4PM
Jim Brown
6.9.18
Sat
12PM
Tim Sleep
6.9.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
6.10.18
Sun
4PM
Jim Brown
6.16.18
Sat
12PM
Wylie Crawford
6.16.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
6.17.18
Sun
4PM
Wylie Crawford
6.23.18
Sat
12PM
Jim Fackenthal
6.23.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
6.24.18
Sun
4PM
Wylie Crawford
6.30.18
Sat
12PM
Jim Fackenthal
6.30.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**

July 2018

 
 
 
7.1.18
Sun
4PM
Wylie Crawford
7.7.18
Sat
12PM
No Recital – Ribfest
7.7.18
Sat
7PM
No Recital – Ribfest
7.8.18
Sun
4PM
No Recital 
7.14.18
Sat
12PM
Jim Fackenthal
7.14.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
7.15.18
Sun
4PM
Sue Bergren
7.21.18
Sat
12PM
tbd
7.21.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
7.22.18
Sun
4PM
Wylie Crawford
7.28.18
Sat
12PM
Christine Power
7.28.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
7.29.18
Sun
4PM
Christine Power

August 2018

 
 
 
8.4.18
Sat
12PM
Christine Power
8.4.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
8.5.18
Sun
4PM
Wylie Crawford
8.11.18
Sat
12PM
Christine Power
8.11.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
8.12.18
Sun
4PM
Wylie Crawford
8.18.18
Sat
12PM
Christine Power
8.18.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
8.19.18
Sun
4PM
Christine Power
8.25.18
Sat
12PM
Tim Sleep
8.25.18
Sat
7PM
Tim Sleep**
8.26.18
Sun
4PM
Jim Fackenthal

At 7PM June 5, the first Tuesday evening concert series begins. The weekly concerts run until August 21.

2018 NMC Pops Recital Themes / June, July & August**

Concerts performed by Tim Sleep at 7PM Saturdays**
 
June 2 – Beatles I
June 9 – Classic Broadway
June 16 – Patriotic 
June 23 – Classical Favorites
June 30 – Movies Music and 8:30PM showing of National Treasure 
 
July 7 – No Concert, Ribfest
July 14 – TV Theme Songs
July 21 – Modern Broadway
July 28 – Name That Tune
 
August 4 – Movie Music and 8:30PM showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 
August 11 – Beatles II
August 18 – Country Classics
August 25 – Comedy and Kids Songs

2018 Movie Schedule by Moser Tower at Rotary Hill / June, August, September

 A Night at the Movies – 8:30PM Friday, June 1 at Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave. This event kicks off the summer with “The Parent Trap.” 

Future movies and dates are “National Treasure” on June 30, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” on Aug. 4 and “Monsters, Inc.” on Sept. 22.   

September 2018

October 2018

Climb the Carillon Tours end for the season on October 28, 2018.

December 2018

Dec. 31 Sun 5:30PM  New Year’s Eve Family Concert – Tim Sleep

Dec.  31 Sun 11:15PM New Year’s Eve Duet Concert – Sue Bergren & Tim Sleep

Enjoy the year with the bell ringers.

On Dec. 31, the annual celebration welcomes the community during the bell-ringing countdown on New Year’s Eve at Moser Tower! (PN File Photo)

Ring in the New Year

6PM Sunday, December 31, 2018 / Kid-Friendly time to ring out the old and ring in the New Year / Millennium Carillon Countdown.

11:30PM Sunday, December 31, 2018 / Ring out the old and ring in the New Year / Millennium Carillon Countdown. Cheers to peace and prosperity.

A few details about the bell-ringing celebration on New Year’s Eve… 

Naperville Park District invites the community to the Countdown at the Carillon, featuring both the Early Family Countdown at 6PM and the Traditional Countdown at midnight. The free events take place at the base of the Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, located at 443 Aurora Ave., across from Naperville Central High School.

The view of Moser Tower and the Naperville Municipal Center from Water Street, the evening 2017 Naper Lights illuminated Naper Settlement.

Festivities will begin at 5:30PM, with complimentary hot cocoa.  Entertainment will be magical. Glow sticks, bells and cocoa will be available outside the Carillon Visitor Center until 6:30PM, while supplies last.  Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, as the entire event is outdoors.

The Traditional Countdown will take place at midnight, with Carillon music beginning at 11:15PM.  The music will feature carillonneurs such as Sue Bergren and Tim Sleep in a duet concert and likely will include selections from the “Nutcracker Suite,” a Viennese waltz, and “Try to Remember” from the musical, “The Fantasticks.” After the midnight countdown to the New Year, the bells will ring a Royal Peal, then will play “Auld Lang Syne,” and conclude with music from the “Royal Fireworks” by Handel.

Whatever the season… Moser Tower with the Millennium Carillon is a short distance from downtown Naperville, Naper Settlement, Nichols Library, Centennial Beach and North Central College.


Big Joe weighs nearly six tons!

Can you hear it?

The big “Joe Naper” bell and 71 additional commemorative bells from generous donors help ring out the story of one of the largest musical instruments in the world, standing 14 stories high (about 10 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty) at the base of Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk to look toward the future in Naperville.

The bells sound the hour audibly throughout the day, with a single bong on the half hour.

Can you see it?

The Riverwalk park setting around the Moser Tower is open year-round during normal park district hours. Visitors are welcome to listen to the harmonic bells of the carillon at any of the scheduled performances. Many visitors bring collapsible lawn chairs. Concerts usually last about one hour.

From May through October, Moser Tower is open to the public on weekends, weather permitting. Visitors can climb the 253 steps to the observation deck near the top of the 160-foot tower, enjoy a spectacular view while learning about the workings of 72 different-sized bells and reading their engraved messages, and getting to know the unique features of one of the world’s largest musical instruments.

On a clear day, we highly recommend the climb to the observation deck of Moser Tower where you can see the Chicago skyline.

Climbers are treated to panoramic views of Naperville at the top of the Carillon. (PN Photo)

The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and the Visitor Center hours are from 10AM-4PM on Saturdays and from 12 noon-6PM on Sundays, late April through the last Sunday in October.

Beginning the last weekend in May, Friday hours (10AM-4PM) run through the second Friday in August.

Visitor Center (in the old Netzley House) admission is free of charge.

Guided tours, however, are $3 for ages 5 and older; children 4 years and under are free. Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Guided group tours, for groups of 10 or more, are available by reservation at (630) 848-3619 or by email at bmalatt@napervilleparks.org.

Concerts are open to the public and free of charge.

The Millennium Carillon and Visitor Center are located along the Riverwalk at the base of Rotary Hill at 443 Aurora Ave.

Can you use it?

With Moser Tower in the background, Naperville has hosted a Field of Honor with more than 2,000 American Flags on several occasions to commemorate Veterans Day. (PN Photo)

Set along the Riverwalk at Rotary Hill, the iconic Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower is available for rental for weddings, anniversaries, monumental occasions and other once-in-a-lifetime events.

Some folks like to entertain guests before or after special events at a catered reception at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center’s Community Hall, located at Eagle Street and Jackson Avenue.

Many nearby restaurants in downtown Naperville as well as historic Meson Sabika also welcome special luncheons, receptions and dinners, too.

To reserve a date for Moser Tower, call (630) 848-5000 for details.

For everything you want to know about Naperville’s hospitality community, check out www.visitnaperville.com.


Do you know Tim Sleep, City Carillonneur?

Tim Sleep, City Carillonneur

Tim Sleep was appointed Naperville City Carillonneur in 2007 where he teaches and performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon high up in the enclosed cabin in the Moser Tower. He has performed carillon recitals at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Gardens and guest recitals throughout the country.  He is also an Instructor for the North American Carillon School.

Now in his fourth term as President of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), Sleep previously served as its Corresponding Secretary, then its Vice President. He has performed on the New Music recitals at various GCNA congresses.

First studying with Wylie Crawford in Naperville, then continuing with John Gouwens at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, Sleep became a Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2004.

Sleep holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from North Central College and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

A retired band director and middle school principal, Sleep is longtime church musician currently serving as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville.


Why do some individuals call it “The Third Gift”?

Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon was conceived in 1998 by a small group of Naperville families, and in a short time the vision spread to many other individuals, families, service clubs and businesses that donated the funds to make the vision a reality.

In the tradition of Centennial Beach (1931) and the Riverwalk (1981), the Millennium Carillon (2000) is a gift from the people of the community for all future generations to enjoy.

“Big Joe,” the carillon’s biggest bell weighs 5.8 tons, was installed on March 24, 2000, and all 72 bells were in place by April 23, 2000.

The first concert was performed on June 29, 2000.

Many individuals, families and businesses that donated funds to help build Moser Tower with the 72-bell carillon are featured on a large plaque behind the tower near the Visitors Center. The plaque also recognizes the partnership with the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District for their part in care and maintenance of the instrument.

Take a stroll around Moser Tower at Rotary Hill, hear it chime on the hour and half hour, and experience special concerts performed throughout the year.

For more information about the Riverwalk and how it was built brick-by-brick, growing to become the city’s natural treasure from Jefferson Ave. to Hilliside Road, visit Naperville Riverwalk.


March 30, 2018

Editor’s Notes / Back in 2015, the Riverwalk Commission began laying the groundwork for maintaining the Riverwalk and related assets for generations to come. Moser Tower, built over a period of time at the turn of the millennium, was included in that long list. By taking an in-depth look at the current state of the structure, now 17 years old, caregivers can better plan for maintenance needs to be done in the future, and budget appropriately and wisely to meet those needs. The aim of the Commission, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District has been to best serve all contributors and taxpayers in the long run.

Thanks to an assessment released in the spring of 2017, interested vendors have proposed possible testing and solutions. And Riverwalk Commissioners say they’re taking a pause to evaluate all options. (Oct. 2017)

UPDATE, March 30, 2018 / Fast forward to March 26, 2018. That’s when scaffolding started going up, up, up daily and will continue through the first week in April to complete the assessment for future care and maintenance by taking additional samples from the concrete structure. Results will be reported to the Riverwalk Commission sometime this summer.

As we keystroke this update of the Carillon performance schedule with dates provided by Tim Sleep, we’re mindful that today is National Pencil Day. Write it down. Get the point that fair and free markets activate successful economies. Remember National Pencil Day every March 30 by reading the essay called “I, Pencil.” Think big, but focus on local connections whenever possible.

Could it be March Madness?

And wouldn’t you know? On the Road to the Final Four NCAA Basketball Tournament, many fans have noted a Naperville connection from the Moser Tower to 2018 March Madness. Loyola Coach Porter Moser originally hails from Naperville and he’s the nephew of Margaret and Harold Moser, the Naperville benefactors after whom Moser Tower is named.

Let the bells toll to celebrate a wonderful season for Loyola Chicago. Thank you, Ramblers!

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