Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon in Naperville is now open. And it’s a really amazing structure.
If you’re not sure what the Millennium Carillon is, here’s an overview.
The project was started back in 1998. It was nothing more than a few people who got together and wanted to give back to the Naperville community – they are the “Friends of Naperville.”
Word spread of this interesting project and soon more people got involved and more money was donated. The wheels were in motion.
More than a decade after the idea was spawned, the first concert took place on June 29, 2000.
What Is It?
Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon is awe-inspiring. A carillon is basically a huge musical instrument comprised of multiple bells in a tower. You’ve seen something like this in movies.
In the case of Naperville’s tower, there are 72 total bells. The smallest of which weighs about as much as a cat while the largest is almost 12,000 pounds!!!!
The Millennium Carillon is one of only four in the world that has a range of bells that spans 6 octaves.
Moser Tower, in which the bells are housed, is taller than the Statue of Liberty (yep, that’s big!)
Recitals and Concerts
So what do you do with all these bells? You play them!
Yes, there are people that make music with these bells. You can attend a summer 2013 concert any Tuesday at 7pm from June 4 through August 20.
Millennium Carillon Season Hours 2013
- Open May through November
- Saturdays: 10am to 4pm
- Sundays: 12pm to 6pm