(Updated at 10:10 a.m.) Dutch artist Gijsbert Kok plays an instrument similar to an organ — except it controls bells instead of pipes.
The instrument is called a carillon and Kok will be playing it during his performance at the Netherlands Carillon, near Rosslyn and the Iwo Jima memorial, this Saturday (July 20).
Kok’s performance in Arlington is part of the free weekly concerts hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) through the end of the summer. The concerts run from 6-8 p.m., except for the September 2 event, which will take place from 2-4 p.m.
Guests can bring lawn chairs, blankets or simply sit on the grass. NPS suggests that guests park or arrive via the Rosslyn Metro, which is about a 15-minute walk. Parking is available at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.
This year’s concert lineup for the remainder of the summer is as follows:
- July 20 — Gijsbert Kok, Bodegraven, The Netherlands
- July 27 — Doug Gefvert, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
- August 3 — Edward M.Nassor, Fairfax, Virginia
- August 10 — Lynnli Wang, Washington, D.C.
- August 17 — Edward M. Nassor, Fairfax, Virginia
- August 24 — Elisa Tersigni, Washington, D.C.
- August 31 — Jesse Ratcliffe, Warrenton, Virginia
- September 2 — Edward M. Nassor, Fairfax, Virginia
In addition to his bell ringing, Kok is also an organist who performs at churches and for concerts across the United States and Europe.
The National Park Service received the carillon as a gift from the Netherlands in commemoration of the United States’ assistance during World War ll. It is comprised of 50 bells, weighing over 30 tons. The bells are set to be removed this fall and sent via ship back to the Netherlands for cleaning as part of a major rehabilitation project.
Photo (1) via Joseph Gruber/Flickr, map via Google Maps
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