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January 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. Image courtesy Creative Commons.

U of M School of Music to participate in "Bells for Haiti" commemoration

Ferguson Hall’s carillon bells to sound at 3:53 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12

Contacts: Kelly O'Brien, College of Liberal Arts,, (612) 624-4109
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

January 11, 2011

The University of Minnesota School of Music will ring the university’s carillon bells, located at Ferguson Hall, on Wednesday, Jan. 12, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake.

On Jan. 12, 2010, a massive earthquake devastated the country of Haiti. One year later, churches, schools, universities and city halls across the nation will take part in the “Bells for Haiti” effort and toll their bells in unison on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake — Jan.  12, 2011, at 3:53 p.m. CST — for 35 seconds, the duration of the earthquake.

“Over the centuries, the sound of bells ringing has served as a symbol of comfort, solidarity and remembrance,” says David Myers, professor and director of the School of Music. “I encourage the university community to join me this Wednesday in solidarity and support of the people of Haiti.”

According to the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee (ARC), the earthquake took the lives of 250,000 people and left more than 1.3 million people homeless.  A hurricane and cholera outbreak have also worsened the situation.

Ferguson Hall is located on the university’s West Bank campus, 2106 4th St. S., Minneapolis. For more information about “Bells for Haiti, see the American Refugee Committee’s related news release at

Established in 1902, the University of Minnesota School of Music offers a dynamic, comprehensive program to more than 550 music students in undergraduate and graduate programs, led by a world-class faculty of more than 50 artists, scholars and teachers. The School of Music presents more than 400 free concerts per year. For a complete schedule of events, visit or call (612) 626-1094 for a brochure.

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