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Robert Town to perform Memorial Day carillon concert

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Robert Town will perform a Memorial Day carillon concert from noon-1 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum at 204 S. Main. 

Town, associate professor emeritus of Wichita State University's School of Music, is coordinator of the five annual holiday carillon concerts sponsored by the Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation.

Other concerts are at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Independence Day. The carillon can be heard throughout downtown Wichita.

Sam Bloomfield was founder, president and chief engineer of the Swallow Airplane Co. The Bloomfields lived in Wichita from the mid-1930s to mid-'50s. They have never forgotten their ties to the city and university, said Town.

"There are no others who played a more active role in the development of the city's cultural, educational and charitable resources," said Town. "One of the Bloomfields' significant gifts to the city was the downtown carillon, which is one of the few urban carillons in the nation."

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