December 30th, 2009

Mayo’s unique carillon rings over Rochester

By Kelley Luckstein

This time of year, Jeff Daehn plays a lot of holiday classics. His tunes serenade Mayo patients, downtown workers andcarillonneur Rochester residents eight times a week. 

 

"Within earshot of our tower we have both our synagogue, a couple churches and the mosque," Daehn says. "So, I always figure no matter what my particular affiliation might be I've got to always cover lots of bases." But Daehn is no ordinary musician -- he's a carillonneur.

 

On a recent morning, Daehn climbs to the top of one of Mayo's oldest buildings to play the clinic's carillon…

 

"There's a quote from that first carillonneur, and he said he thought it was the image of the Mayos to bring peace and comfort to both visitors and residents of the town from the music that would flow from this tower." Daehn said. "I think that was a good thought."

 

MPR, by Elizabeth Baier, 12/29/09

Tags: carillon, Jeff Daehn, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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