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Ring in the New Year at the Naperville Millennium Carillon

Blue lights to honor healthcare workers and first responders

The Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower is announcing special concerts and lighting to honor healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic this spring. Local carillonneurs will perform a series of concerts on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon for the month of May, in addition to the regularly scheduled concerts at noon on Saturdays and at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. From April 29 through May 12, Moser Tower will be lighted up blue to honor healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 health crisis.

"Local Carillonneurs will perform 30-minute concerts on the bells of the Millennium Carillon located at the base of Rotary Hill on the Naperville Riverwalk,” explained Naperville City Carillonneur Tim Sleep. “These concerts will feature patriotic selections in addition to traditional carillon pieces.  The 72 bells installed in Moser Tower can easily be heard from multiple locations along the Riverwalk on either side of the DuPage River, which facilitates social distancing.” 

In contrast to the summer recitals of past years, the upcoming spring concerts are intended for a dispersed audience, listening as they walk along the Riverwalk. Per current guidelines related to COVID-19, people may not gather in groups on Rotary Hill to listen to the concerts.

The annual Carillon lighting schedule includes blue lights for the first part of April to mark autism awareness and green lights from April 17-28 for Earth Week. The blue lighting planned for April 29-May 12 will replace the white lights typically displayed during that time period.

The summer Carillon concert schedule will continue the Saturday and Sunday concerts that feature local carillonneurs.  The Tuesday evening recital series schedule, which usually includes guest artists from other states and countries, is yet to be determined and will be announced at a later time.

Photo Courtesy Naperville Park District

Millennium Carillon Tours for 2019 Season Have Concluded

The Millennium Carillon closed for the 2019 season on October 27. The Carillon will be open for tours again in the spring of 2020.

Visitors can climb the 253 steps to the top of the tower on the guided tour and enjoy the spectacular view, where on a clear day the Chicago Skyline can be seen. Those who are unable to climb the stairs are encouraged to use the elevator and remain on the Gallery Level Observation Deck.

Tours are available at a cost of $3 for ages 5 and older while children aged 4 and are under free. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase tickets at the Visitors Center, 455 Aurora Avenue. Group tours of 20 or more also are available; call 630-848-3619 or e-mail bmalatt@napervilleparks.org to make a reservation.

Dates and hours of operations are subject to change due to weather and other factors beyond our control. Visit www.napervilleparks.org/facilities/millenniumcarillon for complete information. You also may call 630-848-5000.

 

Group Visits, Bridal Parties

Call the Naperville Park District for special requests: (630) 848-5000

Volunteer as a Carillon Ambassador

A Carillon Ambassador will support the Carillon operations and events throughout the season by communicating with the visitors and on group tours. Please visit napervilleparks.org/volunteer for more details

The Third Gift

Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon was begun in 1998 as a labor of love by a small group of Naperville families, and in a short time the vision spread to many, who donated the funds to make the vision a reality.
In the tradition of Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk, the Millennium Carillon is a gift from the people of our community for all future generations to enjoy.
Those who donated funds to make our carillon possible also left messages about themselves, their life in Naperville, and their support of the carillon project in a cyberspace time capsule. 

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