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Wesley Arai, associate carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, will return to Spokane for the annual Fourth of July Concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. 

The concert will begin at 9 p.m outside the cathedral.

This year’s program will include a duet with Cathedral Carilloneur Byrl Cinnamon, playing John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”  

“I think one of the major benefits of having two people playing isn't that you can make more sound, but that it's a lot easier to have two independent, or more complicated things going on at once, which would be much more physically and mentally difficult with a single performer,” Arai said in a press release.

The St. John the Evangelist carillon in Bishop Cross Tower is one of the finest in the world and one of a very few in the Pacific Northwest, according to the church. The carillon consists of 49 bells, cast and installed by John Taylor & Sons of Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.  The bells are played prior to Sunday services, as well as times of religious and civic festivals.

The lawn opposite the Cathedral on 12th Street is known as a great place to enjoy a picnic and listen to the carillon recital.  Spokane city fireworks (about 10 p.m.) may be watched from the gated access road on the north side of the Cathedral, which is closed to traffic.


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Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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Roger W. Ross
Roger W. Ross
10 years ago

“Carillonist” is incorrect. “Carillonneur” is the correct term.

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
10 years ago

Thanks for the correction Roger

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