Six Fridays at 6 Summer Concert Series at Oakland University

Oakland University’s Carillon Concert Series Returns July 10 to Elliott Tower

Brick tower with clock in the background with people sitting on the lawn

Six Fridays at 6:00 p.m. Summer Concert Series at Oakland University

Now in its fifth year, free concert series will welcome carillonneurs from around the word to the campus at Oakland University (OU). OU’s Six Fridays at 6 Summer Carillon Concert Series, which features carillonneurs from around the world, will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year with a series of outdoor concerts starting on Friday, July 10.

“Listening to carillon music is a great way of enjoying a live outdoor performance while social distancing in a large, open area,” said Dennis Curry, OU’s resident carillonneur.

The free concerts will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays next to the Elliott Tower on OU’s campus. The tower features a fully chromatic 49-bell carillon, which was the last carillon to have its bells and keyboard cast by the Petit and Fritsen Royal Bellfoundry in the Netherlands.

A man sits at the keyboard of piano-like instrument with sheets of music on the bench next to him

Bernard Winsemius of Amsterdam performs at the Elliott Tower in 2019

“Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a relaxing evening listening to the sounds of this unique instrument,” Curry said. Guest performers are recognized international carillonneurs who will provide a wide variety of music.

  • July 10: Dennis Curry – Oakland University & Kirk in the Hills
  • July 17: George Matthew, Jr. – Middlebury College & Norwich University
  • July 24: Tiffany Ng – University of Michigan
  • July 31: John Gouwens – Culver Academies
  • August 7: Ray McLellan – Michigan State University
  • August 14: Paul Stelben – Yale University

“The Six Fridays at 6 Summer Carillon Concert Series is a great way to start the weekend,” Curry said.

For more information about the Six Fridays at 6 Summer Carillon Concert Series, contact Dennis Curry at

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