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Chicago Botanic Garden Hosts Evening of Carillon Music

It was all about relaxing in the garden this week.

Clanging bells echoed across the beautiful landscape of the Botanic Garden this week as the Carillon Concert Series held its fourth weekly performance.

Guests found comfortable shady spots around Evening Island and across the lake at McGinley Pavilion to relax and listen to the show on Monday. Concertgoers were allowed to picnic at the event, something normally not permitted at the facility. The show begins at 7 p.m., but beginning at 5:30 p.m. guests arrived for a close-up demonstration of the instrument and tour of the tower by the night's performer.

The Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon at Botanic Gardens holds 48 bells and has a full four-octave range. This week, Carillonneur John Brown treated the audience to a mix of classic compositions, such as "Canon in D," and more modern selections, including "Singin' in the Rain" and "Send in the Clowns."

Event guests Jennifer Kopecky, of Palatine, said of the event, "My husband and I have been members for a long time and have always meant to come to one of the concerts and it's really nice. It's just a great way to spend an evening."

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