Celebrating 90 years of musical and cultural heritage, Bok Tower Gardens presents the 24th International Carillon Festival March 20-24. The highly anticipated music festival features world-renowned carillonneurs performing concerts each day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Visitor Center will also premiere the exhibit Singing Bronze illustrating the making of carillon bells. Festival concerts are included with general admission.
Visitors can also enjoy two Bok After Dark performances featuring International Carillon Festival performers on March 20 and 23. The event includes a pre-show concert at the Blue Palmetto Café and a 7:30 p.m. carillon performance. Bok After Dark is included with general admission.
Milford Myhre Day March 24
This year, the festival pays tribute to the living legacy of the Gardens’ second carillonneur, Milford Myhre who retired in 2004 after 36 years of service. March 24 will be “Milford Myhre Day” with a special appreciation ceremony, concerts featuring his music and a question and answer session with Myhre at 2pm.
24th Annual International Carillon Festival Guest Carillonneurs
The festival features daily concerts by four outstanding professional carillonneurs, Joey Brink, Amy Johansen, Michael Solotke, and Koen Van Assche, who are all leading international performers. Together with Gardens Carillonneur Geert D’hollander, these accomplished guest carillonneurs will perform multiple concerts throughout the five-day festival.
JOEY BRINK: USA
Brink is the sixth University Carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he performs twice daily on the 72-bell Rockefeller Memorial Carillon and directs the University of Chicago Guild of Carillonneurs. He serves on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, co-chairing the Johan Franco composition committee. Brink began his carillon studies with Ellen Dickinson in 2007, as an undergraduate at Yale University; graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium in 2012; and studied further with Geert D'hollander at Bok Tower Gardens in 2015. In 2014, he became the first American to receive first prize at the International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Belgium.
AMY JOHANSEN: AUSTRALIA
Johansen is University Organist and Carillonist at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her duties include performing on the von Beckerath organ in the Great Hall and on the War Memorial Carillon for graduation ceremonies, recitals, and special events. She leads a team of 8 honorary carillonists, as well as overseeing and performing in the organ and carillon recital series. Born and educated in the United States, Amy Johansen completed degrees in Organ Performance at the University of Florida and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Johansen has recorded several organ CDs, and performed on radio programs in the USA, Australia, and England. She also enjoys an active recital schedule as organ soloist and accompanist for many ensembles, and along with husband Robert Ampt (City Organist of Sydney), plays organ duet recitals and special programs introducing children to the organ.
MICHAEL SOLOTKE: USA
A former Collins Carillon Fellow at Bok Tower Gardens, Solotke is a Connecticut-based carillonneur who has performed across North America and Europe. He began playing carillon as a member of the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs in 2010, where he studied with Ellen Dickinson. In 2012, he participated in an intensive summer study program at the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn” in Mechelen, Belgium, where he studied with Geert D'hollander, Eddy Marien, and Koen Cosaert. In June 2013, Michael passed his carillonneur exam advancement recital and became a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.
Michael holds a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale, and is currently a medical student at the Yale School of Medicine. His interests outside of carillon and medicine include the outdoors, playing the piano and trombone, distance running, and Belgian beer.
KOEN VAN ASSCHE: BELGIUM
Koen Van Assche is the carillonneur of the Belgian cities of Antwerp, Lier, Turnhout and Herentals. He first studied music and flute in Antwerp and, at the age of 14, started his carillon studies at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, where he graduated in 1986. He was awarded prizes at several international carillon competitions, and has given recitals in Europe, the USA and Australia.
He is president of the Flemish Carillon Guild and of the World Carillon Federation. He has recorded several CDs for carillon including The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.
The 24th International Carillon Festival is supported and sponsored in part by Visit Central Florida and The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.