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 Photo, Oct. 24, 2018)

Special Concerts planned for noon and 7PM Thurs., Nov. 15

As a follow through from the Aretha Franklin concerts performed in August, Naperville Carillonneur Tim Sleep has coordinated additional concerts in November with the assistance Ann Zediker and Grace Saunders to create awareness about the need for research to help cure pancreatic cancer. 

At noon and again at 7PM, Thurs., Nov. 15,Tim Sleep will play music on the 72-bell Millennium Carillon to honor artists and actors who passed away from pancreatic cancer.  November 15, 2018 is National Pancreatic Cancer Day and the tower will be turned purple that week in remembrance of National Pancreatic Cancer week.  

Notably the music of Aretha Franklin will be reprised, having been performed earlier in August in remembrance of her recent passing.  Some of the artists/actors that will be remembered are Luciano Pavorotti, Henry Mancini, Steve Jobs, Dizzy Gillespie, Roger Williams, Alan Rickman, George Halas, Jack Benny, and others.  Dan Sleep, brother of Tim Sleep, passed away from pancreatic cancer last year.

Hearts also will be remembering Naperville resident Terry Klein who lost his life to pancreatic cancer on Nov. 5, 2018.

The following songs (or a recognizable snippet) will be performed Thursday, Nov. 15, during a 20-minute performance by Sleep.

Pancreatic Cancer Day Song List

Jack Benny – 1974
Love In Bloom – Theme Song from his show
Lily Pons – 1976
Flower Duet from Lakeme
George Halas – 1983
Bear Down Chicago Bears
Count Basie – 1984
One O’Clock Jump
Rex Harrison – 1990
Why Can’t The English Teach Their Children How To Speak from My Fair Lady
Michael Landon – 1991
Theme from Bonanza
Mark Goodson – 1992
Match Game Theme Song, A Swinging Safari
Dizzy Gillespie – 1993
St. Louis Blues
Fred Gwynne – 1993
Theme Song from the Munsters
Henry Mancini – 1994
Moon River
Richard Stone – 2001
The Simpsons Theme Song
Syd Barrett – 2006
Eclipse from Dark Side of the Moon
Lucianno Pavorati – 2007
Nessun Dorma
Patrick Swayze – 2009
Unchained Melody from the movie Ghost
Pernell Roberts –  2010
Theme from Bonanza
Steve Jobs – 2011
Apple Ring Tone
Pete Postlewhwaite – 2011
Jurassic Park theme
Romeo and Juliet theme
Roger Williams – 2011
Autumn Leaves
John Douglas “Jim” Lord – 2012
Smoke On The Water – Deep Prple
Alan Rickman – 2016
Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter
 
Aretha Franklin – 2018
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing
Chain Of Fools
Freeway Of Love
I Never Loved A Man Like I Loved You
I Say A little Prayer
Respect 
Spanish Harlem 
Think
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman
Precious Lord Take My Hand

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.

Memories of September 2018

Year after year, Mayor George Pradel celebrated with families and friends during “Countdown at the Carillon” on New Year’s Eve. (PN File Photo)

In memory of the late Mayor A. George Pradel, a recital at Noon on Sat., Sept. 8, and 4PM on Sun., Sept. 9, was dedicated to his honor.

Each recital concluded with a memorial toll of our 6-ton bourbon, “Big Joe.”

The 72 bells of the Millennium Carillon, among the largest musical instruments in the world, are located in Moser Tower on the Naperville Riverwalk, just west of Eagle Street and City Hall.

Naperville Carilloneur Tim Sleep recalls another time when a Naperville Mayor’s funeral procession stopped by City Hall, he honored him by playing his favorite hymn, “On Eagles Wings.”

During New Year’s Eve celebrations held at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk at 5:30PM and again just before midnight, Mayor Pradel was known to lead the annual festivities with song and merriment.

September 11, 2018

Sept. 11 / From noon to 12:30PM a special 30-minute concert on the 72 bells of the Millennium Carillon inside Moser Tower will play on Tues., Sept. 11.. A solemn tolling of the “Big Joe” bell followed by “In Memoriam,” a carillon piece written following the events of September 11, 2001, meant to be played in bell towers throughout the world.

Carillon music can also be heard beginning at 5:30PM, just prior to the observance at 6PM at the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Sept. 11 Memorial along the Riverwalk.


Scarillon Concert is 7PM Oct. 27

October 2018

Oct. 6 Noon / Sue Bergren

Oct. 7 4PM / Wylie Crawford

Oct. 13 Noon / Tim Sleep

Oct 14 4PM / Jim Brown

Note… Moser Tower is now aglow to celebrate autumn and Halloween. In mid-November, Moser Tower will be illuminated in purple to heighten awareness about Pancreatic Cancer.

Oct. 20 Noon / Tim Sleep

Oct. 21 4PM / Jim Brown

Oct. 27 Noon / Christine Power

Note also on this day, Sat., Oct. 27, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation will host its 3rd Annual Pumpkin Race from 1-3PM. Join the fun of watching pumpkin racers compete, complete with entertaining referees.

Oct. 27 7PM “Scarillon Concert” / Tim Sleep

Oct. 28 4PM / Christine Power

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

Moser Tower will be illuminated in orange for Halloween.

November 2018

Watch for the glow of purple on National Pancreatic Day, Nov. 15.

Nov. 3 Noon / Sue Bergren

Nov. 4 3PM / Christine Power

Nov. 10 Noon / Christine Power

Nov. 11 3PM / Tim Sleep

At noon and again at 7PM, Thurs., Nov. 15, Tim Sleep will play music to honor artists and actors who passed away from Pancreatic Cancer.

Nov. 17 Noon / Christine Power

Nov. 18 3PM / Jim Fackenthal

Nov. 22 Noon Thanksgiving Day – Early American Concert / Jim Brown

Nov. 23 Noon Holiday Concert / Tim Sleep

Nov. 24 Noon / Tim Sleep

Nov. 24 3PM / Jim Fackenthal

December 2018

Dec. 1 Noon / Tim Sleep

Dec. 2 3PM / Tim Sleep

Dec. 8 Noon / Tim Sleep

Dec. 9 3PM / Jim Fackenthal

Dec. 15 Noon / Tim Sleep

Dec. 16 3PM / Jim Fackenthal

Dec. 22 Noon / Sue Bergren

Dec. 23 3PM / Sue Bergren

Dec. 29 Noon / Tim Sleep

Dec. 30 3PM / Tim Sleep

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

Dec.  31 Sun 11:15PM New Year’s Eve Duet Concert /  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 of the Addendum #1 Naperville Riverwalk Moser Tower Assessment are expected to be reported to the Riverwalk Commission this summer for careful review, consideration and future recommendation.

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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