UCR Music - Holiday Carillon Recital

UCR Department of Music

Holiday Carillon Recital

David Christensen, University Carillonneur
Ring in the season with traditional and popular holiday music played on UCR’s magnificent 48-bell carillon. Arrangements of traditional carols and holiday music from England, Germany, France, Spain, and the United States will be on the program that will last about one hour.

December 14, 2019
Saturday, 3:00 P.M.
Bell Tower
Free and open to the public

To view the video David Christensen: The Man Behind the Carillon, click here.

To view a selection of carillon performances, click here.

David Christensen has been University Carillonneur at UC Riverside for 32 years and plays regular weekly concerts throughout the school year.  He has performed at many carillons throughout the United States and Canada, including the University of Michigan, University of Toronto, UC Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, Longwood Gardens, and Princeton University.  Mr. Christensen also gives instruction in carillon and organ to UCR students.  Several compositions for organ are published by the Kenwood Press.

About the carillon
Housed in the bell tower, the carillon is a musical instrument comprised of 48 magnificent cast-bronze, cup-shaped bells. The bells are arranged chromatically and precisely tuned so that several can be sounded harmoniously together. The bells are sounded by striking a series of wooden levers with the side of the hand or fingers and with the feet.

Information: (951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu www.music.ucr.edu


1. Christmas Concerto, Opus 3, No. 12 - Francesco Manfredini (1688-1762)
Largo                                                 Arr. David Christensen

2. O Thou Joyful Day - Sicilian Melody, Arr. Richard von Grabow

3. Prelude in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

4. Élévation - Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911), Arr. David Christensen

5. English Carols
Once in Royal David’s City - Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876), Arr. Milford Myhre
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen - Arr. Ronald Barnes        
O Come, All Ye Faithful - Wade’s Cantus Diversi, 1751, Arr. Ronald Barnes
Coventry Carol - Arr. Ronald Barnes
The Holly and the Ivy - Arr. Milford Myhre
Greensleeves - Arr. Leen ’t Hart

6.  French Carols - Arr. David Christensen
Noel Allemande - Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Angels We Have Heard on High
What is This Lovely Frangrance?
Ding Dong! Merrily On High

7.  Hanukkah, O Hanukkah - Jewish Melody, Arr. David Christensen

8.  German Carols
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming - Speier Gesanbuch, Arr. Albert Gerken
In Dulci Jubilo - Arr. Ronald Barnes
Away in a Manger - Arr. Raymond Keldermans

9.  A La Nanita Nana - Spanish Carol, Arr. Raymond Keldermans

10. Popular Holiday Songs
Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer - Johnny Marks (1909-1985)
White Christmas - Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
Frosty the Snowman - Walter Rollins (1906-1973) and Steve Nelson (1907-1981)

View the Fall 2019 Season here .

Quarterly carillon recitals are presented by the UCR Department of Music with the generous support of Friends of the Carillon.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

UCR Bell Tower

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students, General Public


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