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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Methodist carillon playing again

  • After four years of silence, the Neosho United Methodist Church carillon is once again sending music over downtown Neosho.
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  • After four years of silence, the Neosho United Methodist Church carillon is once again sending music over downtown Neosho.
    The old carillon stopped playing about four years ago. It was still dependent on old-fashioned vacuum tubes, and the company man who had maintained it for years retired.
    Now a new, digitalized system is back in place and sending tones   every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It also plays hymns at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 5, and 6 p.m.
    The volunteer carillon operators in the church are still in the learning process with 7,500 musical selections to chose from.
    Sara Chaney, Methodist minister, said the songs selected reflect the season. For example, Lenten hymns are presently being played. When the Fourth of July rolls around, more patriotic songs will issue forth.
    Of course, in December, traditional Christmas songs and hymns will be sent out over the city. When no seasonal songs are played, the electronic carillon will be playing traditional Methodist Church hymns.
    The large selection of songs come from all over the world. If “Taps” is played, it will be a recording of a trumpet from Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
    “Amazing Grace” is played by a set of Scottish bagpipes.
    Although the carillon has only been in operation a short time, several reports of its appreciation have already been expressed. The songs can be heard in Freeman Neosho Hospital, and one patient said the carillon music gave her comfort while she was ill.
    Another person recalled that for years, the carillon was playing while she was leaving work for home each afternoon. She is happy it is once again in operation, and the sound gives her the feeling that “all was right with the world.”
    Chaney said she hopes the carillon becomes, “The signature sound of Neosho.”
    And she further states, “We are glad to have it back.”
    The Methodist congregation is planning a carillon concert sometime in the future. It will be announced, so the public may sit in their vehicles around the square and enjoy a concert of fine, religious music provided by the Neosho United Methodist Church carillon.

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