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Special November Recitals at the Millennium Carillon

Naperville City Carillonneur Tim Sleep and Carillonneur Jim Brown will play special concerts during the month of November to honor national holidays and special days.

On Sunday, November 11 the regular recital will feature a Veterans Day Program from 3:00-3:30 p.m.  Tim Sleep will play patriotic music and will feature the tolling of our 6-ton bourdon, “Big Joe” in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the ending World War I.  

“The tolling is coordinated with carillonneurs all over the world on that day,” explained Sleep. “I will also play a special piece that was commissioned in honor of the installation of a Peace Carillon at Park Abbey in Leuven, Belgium and the ending World War I.  The Peace Carillon is the result of the cultural cooperation between the cities of Neuss and Leuven, which had entered into a disastrous conflict in August 1914.”

The piece that will be premiered in Belgium, in Naperville and in at least 50 more locations is entitled “A Sacred Suite” by Flemish carillonneur and composer Geert D'hollander.

On November 15, National Pancreatic Cancer Day, two identical concerts at 12:00 and 7:00 p.m. will be performed to honor artists and actors who have died from pancreatic cancer.  The lights on Moser Tower will be turned purple that week in remembrance of Pancreatic Cancer Week.  Some of the artists and actors that will be remembered are:  Aretha Franklin, Luciano Pavarotti, Henry Mancini, Steve Jobs, Dizzy Gillespie, Roger Williams, Alan Rickman, George Halas and Jack Benny. 

On Thursday, November 22 at 12:00 noon Naperville Carillonneur Jim Brown will play his annual concert of early American music in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday, November 23 at 12:00 noon Tim Sleep will play a concert of holiday favorites to kick off the December holiday season.

The Millennium Carillon recitals are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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