Marquette University News Release

Carol of the bells: Marquette carillon to play holiday songs

December 2, 2008

Carillonneur Mark Konewko to play Sundays in December

Marquette University’s carillon will ring out holiday carols at noon the first three Sundays in December. The “Carillon Concert Series,” performed by Marquette carillonneur Mark Konewko, will feature seasonal songs from different cultures on December 7, 14 and 21. The one-hour performances can be heard throughout the Marquette campus.

Following is an abbreviated schedule of songs:

December 7 – English carols

  • “Good King Wenceslas”
  • “Coventry Carol”
  • “The Holly and the Ivy”

December 14 – French and German carols

  • “Noël Nouvelet”
  • “Un Flambeau Jeannette, Isabelle”
  • “O Tannenbaum”

December 21 – Slavic, Spanish and American carols

  • “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
  • “Fum, Fum, Fum”
  • “Away in a Manger”

A carillon is a musical instrument composed of at least 23 bells arranged in chromatic sequence, so tuned as to produce concordant harmony when many bells are sounded together. Located atop the Marquette Hall tower, Marquette University’s carillon comprises 48 bells and sounds at noon every Wednesday. The Marquette carillon is one of only three such instruments located in Wisconsin.

More information on Marquette’s carillon is available online. Media interested in interviewing Konewko or gaining access to the carillon should contact Christopher Stolarski in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-1988 or


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