(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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Photo (above) of Rosie the Riveter event at the Netherlands Carillon courtesy Valerie Crotty
The next free concert with the 50-bell musical instrument at 1400 N. Meade Street is scheduled for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., according to the National Park Service. Kipp Cortez, a Concord University music professor, is slated to perform.
The other remaining live performances are:
- Aug. 20 (6-8 p.m.) with Jesse Ratcliffe.
- Aug. 27 (6-8 p.m.) with Buck Lyon-Vaiden.
- Sept. 5 (2-4 p.m.) with Edward Nassor.
Visitors to the carillon can bring food to eat during the concerts. But picnickers should take their trash home with them.
Seating also is limited. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs.
The concert series, which began in May, includes patriotic, jazz and pop music.
“People should come [to our summer concerts] for the view of the Washington, D.C., skyline and the chance to hear a variety of music played by the world’s leading carillonneurs,” Nassor, the Netherlands Carillon’s director, said in an interview with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District.
Flickr pool photo by Joseph Gruber
Springtime is here and the tulips are in bloom at the Netherlands Carillon near Rosslyn.
Thousands of colorful tulips bloom every year in front of the carillon, which was a gift from the Dutch in appreciation for the sacrifices the United States made during World War II.
Dedicated on May 5, 1960, the carillon consists of fifty bells, which play various military hymns and anthems at noon and 6:00 p.m. daily. The bells occasionally play other songs for special occasions, like Auld Lang Syne on New Years Eve.
Your chances to see the tulips at the Netherlands Carillon near Rosslyn are running out.
Although many of the flowers are still in top form, some have already lost their petals. There likely won’t be many more days to see the full display before only stems remain.
The colorful tulips bloom every year in front of the carillon, which was a gift from the Dutch in appreciation for the sacrifices the United States made during World War II.