Century Tower Reaches a Ringing Milestone
If you ever find yourself over by the music department on the University of Florida's campus, then you're familiar with the sound of the bells ringing every quarter hour. Today, however, a different tune chimed out of Century Tower as the university marked a milestone...Â a faculty recital was held in honor of those bells that have been ringing for three decades now.
Dr. Laura Ellis, an associate director of music at the University learned to play the carillon in the late 80's at the University of Kansas, and now she teaches carillon and organ to a new generation at the University of Florida.
Dr. Ellis says that it's only right to start the recital with a tribute the man who composed the university's clock strike. "The clock strike that we hear everyday was composed by Budd Udell".
Udell was chair of the music department for many years and died in 2006. Udell's widow, Marlene, says he was very proud of the carillon he helped bring to Century Tower. "I think it's wonderful their doing a series of concerts to recognize installation of the carillon and i'm very proud that he was apart of that process and he was very glad to have the carillon here".
Dr. Ellis is equally proud of the students that give daily recitals. "I would encourage anyone, when you hear the carillon play, know that somebody is up here. This is our offering to the community, we enjoy playing for everyone".
Those live performances take place each weekday from 12:35-12:50 during the fall and spring semesters.
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