(Washington, D.C) — The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the National Park Service will celebrate the completion of the Netherlands Carillon Rehabilitation Project with a Freedom Concert on May 5 featuring music performed by carillonneurs Edward M. Nassor and Frank Steijns.
The carillonneurs will be accompanied by a quintet from the Washington Symphonic Brass, and Dutch soprano Madieke Marjon. The concert will also include a special taped performance by world renowned Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra.
On May 5, the people of the Netherlands celebrate Liberation Day, a national holiday that marks the restoration of their freedom at the end of World War II. As the war against Ukraine wages on, the Netherlands Carillon Freedom Concert reminds us that freedom is a responsibility that must be passed on.
Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, will give a “Freedom Address.” Ambassador Haspels and Charles “Chuck” Sams III, the director of the National Park Service, will also make remarks.
The Dutch Embassy partnered with the National Park Service and the Netherland-America Foundation to restore and upgrade the Netherlands Carillon. The restoration began on October 21, 2019. While the tower was renovated, the 50 bells of the Carillon were removed and sent to the Netherlands for tuning by a master bell foundry.
Additionally, three new bells were cast in the Netherlands during the renovation process. The bells, named for Secretary of State George Marshall, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Eleanor Roosevelt, were added to the Carillon on May, 20, 2021. With 53 bells ranging in weight from 7,500 pounds to 26 pounds, the landmark is now a “grand carillon.”