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Arizona State University’s
Symphonic Carillon
A gift to the university from Associated Students in 1966.
A memorial to those who gave their lives in service to their country.

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Thursday, July 2 – July 4 Concert, noon-1 p.m.


Graduate student wins carillon compostition prize

Chris Lamb, second from left, winner of the 2015 Robert X. La Pat Carillon Composition Contest, receives a check from Carl Cross, co-chair of the ASU Carillon Society. At far left is Robert X. La Pat. At right is Judith Smith, co-chair, ASU Carillon Society. Photo by Andy DeLisle.

Chris Lamb, a doctoral student in music at Arizona State University, has won the Robert X. La Pat Carillon Composition Contest.

He received a $250 cash prize donated by Kenneth and Laurie Polasko of Scottsdale.

Lamb’s winning composition is titled “Miracle: 1980.” Lamb said he composed the work ‘in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, in which the United States Olympic Team, comprised mostly of amateur players, took on and beat the number one Soviets at Lake Placid and went on to win gold at the 1980 Olympics. “

The five-minute work “aims to capture the glory and beauty of those moments as the clock wound down and the crowd began to realize that the U.S. was going to, impossibly, win the game,” Lamb said.

“I use a persistent bell as a backdrop, as if counting, while cascades of notes in high registers create competing melodies that float out of the texture, so for each listener, each time they might hear something different.”

Hear it here.

Robert X. La Pat is a Scottsdale composer. He received his master of music degree in composition from Boston University, where he studied with Theodore Antoniou, David Del Tredici and Martin Amlin, and his bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.


About the carillon:

Located in the lower level of Old Main, next to the Emeritus College; speakers located on the Memorial Union and the Durham Language and Literature Building.

Clock Strikes: On the hour, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., except noon.

Music at 5 p.m., daily. Live concerts as announced.

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Read and see more about the carillon:
Long-lost campus carillon finally rings at ASU (Arizona Republic)
ASU carillon rings again (ASU news)

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