One of the largest musical instruments is also among the most public. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers carillons and their bells, which are ringing out in summer concert series all over the greater Philadelphia region.   

Radio Script:

Susan Lewis: A carillon is a set of large cast bronze bells suspended on a frame, usually at the top of a tall partially enclosed tower. 

Janet Tebbel: I love being up here because of all these big bells.

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Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia region's vast wealth of carillons and the musicians who make them chime.

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Susan Lewis visits several area carillons; they're large musical instruments consisting of bells that live at the top of tall towers.

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Susan Lewis considers the carillon.