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  • Preserving the sound of the Altgeld Chimes

    Photo of two chimes players moving the levers to play the Altgeld Chimes, seen from below.

    With the imminent closure of the bell tower at Altgeld Hall for major renovation work this spring, Altgeld chimes players from past and present gather to play the chimes during a Sunday morning recording session. The players hope a recording of their music will carry on the Illini tradition of the chimes until the building restoration is finished.

    Former student chimes players Jonathan Smith, left, and Liam Flood returned for the event, joining forces to play a duet on the chimes.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s note: The Altgeld Chimes music from the recording session will be made available on CDs and digitally in the summer of 2023.

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