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As part of the 2023 UCSB Summer Carillon Recital Series, Wesley Arai (UCSB University Carillonist) will present a recital from the carillon in UCSB’s Storke Tower on Sunday, August 27th at 2:00 pm. Selections will include original works for carillon and arrangements of well-known classical and popular tunes. Listeners are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on the grass outside the tower during the recital.
Wesley Arai was appointed Lecturer and University Carillonist at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018. He plays the 61-bell Storke Tower carillon regularly and teaches carillon to UCSB students. Arai studied carillon with Jeff Davis at the University of California, Berkeley and passed the Carillonneur examination of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. An active recitalist, Arai has performed extensively across the United States and abroad. He completed a recital tour of Europe in Summer 2022, performing in England, Ireland, France, and Spain, including the 20th Perpignan International Carillon Festival and the 29th Barcelona International Carillon Festival. Arai is also an annual recitalist at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington and is a frequent recitalist at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.