Above / Special November recitals performed on the Millennium Carillon in the Moser Tower will honor Veterans Day, Pancreatic Cancer Day and Thanksgiving. Moser Tower is located on Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. (PN Photo on the frosty morning Oct. 24, 2018)

City Carillonneur Tim Sleep plays the Naperville Millennium Carillon instrument in Moser Tower, spring 2018. (Photo courtesy Naperville Park District)

Naperville City Carillonneur Tim Sleep and Carillonneur Jim Brown will play special concerts during the month of November to honor national holidays and special days.

From 3-3:30PM on Sun., Nov. 11 the regular recital will feature a Veterans Day Program. Tim Sleep will play patriotic music and will feature the tolling of our 6-ton bourdon, “Big Joe” in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the ending World War I.

“The tolling is coordinated with carillonneurs all over the world on that day,” explained Sleep. “I will also play a special piece that was commissioned in honor of the installation of a Peace Carillon at Park Abbey in Leuven, Belgium and the ending World War I.  The Peace Carillon is the result of the cultural cooperation between the cities of Neuss and Leuven, which had entered into a disastrous conflict in August 1914.”

The piece that will be premiered in Belgium, in Naperville and in at least 50 more locations is entitled “A Sacred Suite” by Flemish carillonneur and composer Geert D’hollander.

On Thurs., Nov. 15, National Pancreatic Cancer Day, two identical concerts at 12PM and 7PM will be performed to honor artists and actors who have died from pancreatic cancer.  The lights on Moser Tower will be turned purple that week in remembrance of Pancreatic Cancer Week.  Some of the artists and actors that will be remembered are:  Aretha Franklin, Luciano Pavarotti, Henry Mancini, Steve Jobs, Dizzy Gillespie, Roger Williams, Alan Rickman, George Halas and Jack Benny. 

At noon on Thurs., Nov. 22, Naperville Carillonneur Jim Brown will play his annual concert of early American music in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. At noon on Fri., Nov. 23, Tim Sleep will play a concert of holiday favorites to kick off the December holiday season.

The Millennium Carillon recitals are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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