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Steven Ball plays final summer carillon concert

The final concert in Berea College’s Summer Carillon Concert Series featured Steven Ball, carillonneur of the University of Michigan.

Dr. Steven Ball

Arrangements of two well-known pieces by George Gershwin werel included in Steven’s program: “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess and “Rhapsody in Blue.” He opened the program with the University of Michigan's Alma Mater, “The Yellow and the Blue.” Next followed Bocetos (Sketches), a set of four piano pieces by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados. An original carillon composition, “Sprookje,” or “Fairy Tale,” is from the Belgian composer Jef Rottiers. The program closed with an Improvisation on a theme submitted by the audience!

The art of improvisation, or creating a piece of music on the spur of the moment, is not new to Steven Ball. He is one of the few organists in the world to hold a staff organist position at a movie theater (The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor). He has become one of the world’s foremost authorities for solo performances and silent film presentations in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Ireland, England, Switzerland, and the USA.

Dr. Ball is an assistant professor of music, teaching carillon performance and specializing in campanology (the science of bell research and bell-ringing). He was granted a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001-02 for study in the Netherlands. He is co-founder of an international corporation, Het Molenpad Expertise, which does restoration, reconstruction and maintenance for carillons, tower bells and clockworks. In addition, he recently accepted an appointment as organist at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

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