You’re invited: May 5, 2022, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Netherlands Embassy, together with the National Park Service, will celebrate the Netherlands’ Liberation Day and the completion of the rehabilitation of the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington Ridge Park, Va., on May 5. The inaugural “Freedom Concert” will feature carillon performances, a freedom speech, a rededication ceremony of the renovated and upgraded Netherlands Carillon, and much more.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is appreciated. Confirm your attendance here.

Freedom Speech

Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States

Musicians

  • Edward Nassor, Carillonneur
  • Frank Steijns, Carillonneur (NL)
  • Washington Symphonic Brass
  • Madieke Marjon, singer (NL)
  • Michael McKeon, singer
  • André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra (recorded performance, NL)

 

Music

Edward M. Nassor and the Washington Symphonic Brass will perform:

  • Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow – Old Hundreth, arranged by Dutch carillonneur and composer Leen ’t Hart (1920-1992)
  • America the Beautiful – Samual A. Ward (1848-1903), arranged by Frank P. Law (1919-1985, first Director-Carillonneur of the Netherlands Carillon)

Frank Steijns will perform with a recorded performance of André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra

  • Aranjuez con tu amor – Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999), arranged for the carillon and orchestra by André Rieu and Frank Steijns. Orchestra recorded in André Rieu Studios, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

After the main program, the concert will continue:

Edward M. Nassor solo

  • Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin (1898-1937), arranged by Linda Dzuris
  • Four Miniatures – First Prize winner in the Inspired by Olmsted carillon composition competition, Geert D’hollander (1965-): Spring Flowers at the U.S. Capitol Grounds; The Reflection Pond at Bok Tower; A Court Dance at the Biltmore Gardens; and Central Park in the Fall 
  • Campanella II – Edward M. Nassor (1957-)

Frank Steijns & Madieke Marjon*

  • Healing Bells (2020) – Dutch-American composer Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra (1961-), based on a Ukrainian folk song
  • Libertango (2020) – Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
  • From The Bells (*) – Frank Steijns (1970-)

Edward M. Nassor & Frank Steijns

  • In the Mood – Glenn Miller (1904-1944), arranged by Joey Brink (1988-)
  • Andante – from A Concerto for Two to Play Ronald Barnes (1927-1997)
  • Stars and Stripes Forever –  John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), arranged by Milford Myhre (1931-)

 

Practical Information

You are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and sit close to the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington Ridge Park to enjoy the event. We have reserved a limited number of chairs for the elderly.

Kindly note that parking at Arlington Ridge Park is limited. There is metered parking on N. Meade Street and in the park’s adjacent neighborhood.

The Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. will also livestream the concert from its Facebook page.

The Netherlands Carillon

The people of the Netherlands gave the carillon to the people of the United States in 1952 to thank America for liberating the Netherlands during World War II and helping rebuild the Dutch economy through the Marshall Plan. The 127-foot-tall musical instrument was installed at its current location in Arlington, Va., in 1960, overlooking Washington, D.C. In the past 2.5 years, the open-steel bell tower was renovated and three bells were added, making it a 53-bell “grand carillon.”

Liberation Day & Freedom Concert

Each year on May 5, the Netherlands celebrates Liberation Day, or the restoration of its freedom in 1945. It is therefore on this day that the embassy will present an annual “Freedom Concert.” We will celebrate our freedom and friendship with a selection of classic and modern arrangements played by American and Dutch carillonneurs at the Netherlands Carillon, and we will reflect on freedom by means of a “freedom speech” by American and Dutch speakers.