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Annual carillon concert will herald the holiday season

November 9, 2006

Former applied science and engineering faculty member to perform early evening of Dec. 9 Nov 9/06 by Michah Rynor (about) (email)

U of T's annual holiday carillon concert will be held Friday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the foot of Soldiers' Tower, 7 Hart House Circle, with Malcolm McGrath at the keyboard of the 51-bell carillon. The program will include a collection of traditional carols and seasonal music.

"This is my favourite holiday and the bells lend themselves perfectly to this time of year," said McGrath, the former assistant dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering who is now with the faculty's planned giving department. "People expect to hear bells during the hustle and bustle that is December."

McGrath, a member of the Soldiers' Tower committee, has been playing carillons and organs for over 20 years. He is the former organist of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto and is currently the organist for the Lake Joseph Community Church in Muskoka. As well, he has played the organ regularly at U of T's Convocation Hall.

Concertgoers can hear the concert outside the tower or inside the second floor library at Hart House. A tour of the carillon room will take place after the concert.

The Soldiers' Tower carillon was dedicated to the university on Oct. 6, 1927, and is one of Canada's largest war memorials. The bells are dedicated to U of T faculty, students and staff who fell in the First World War and the Second World War.



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